In what appears to be one step forward, one step back in world of filmmaking, Variety brings word that while director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has left the latest version of Scarface, Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is currently in the frame to take the lead.
Fuqua had been seriously considering the job since last August, and the director was enthusiastic about the chance to make it. But a sticking point arose when Sony Pictures needed him to stay on to develop the Equalizer sequel, into which he has poured even more time and effort... Despite attempts to figure out the schedule – Universal Pictures are also looking to have Scarface shooting this spring – a new director will be needed.
As for Luna, Variety's sources say he is attached to star, but there has been no official announcement about that yet. The new version of Scarface, like the 1932 take and more famous 1983 movie will once again explore an immigrant chasing the American dream via any method necessary – up to, and including violent crime. In this latest variation, which has Terence Winter (The Wolf Of Wall Street) writing the most recent script draft, the newcomer is Mexican. After going through a couple of potential directors, Universal Pictures are meeting others, intending to keep the movie on track to shoot this year.