Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite Scarface reboot, search for new director narrows to two names
Beloved filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have signed up to rewrite the remake of iconic gangster thriller Scarface.
The pair, who most recently released 2016 screwball comedy Hail, Caesar, have been tapped to do a new draft of the reboot, taking over from Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman, who had written the most recent draft, with Suicide Squad writer and director David Ayer previously turning in a draft.
The remake will star Diego Luna, who played the role of Cassian in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will no longer be directed by Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day and Southpaw.
Fuqua had been keen to direct the project, but its schedule clashes with his sequel to The Equalizer and he has decided to commit to that.
Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, two names are in the frame to replace Fuqua are Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie and Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg, who was most recently behind the camera on new Boston bombing drama Patriots Day.
The story of Scarface has been told twice before on the big screen, first in 1932 with director Howard Hawks and star Paul Muni, then most famously in 1983 with Brian De Palma directing Al Pacino.
The movie's 1983 version, which you can check out here in hmv's online store, told the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who rises to take over a drug cartel.