David Ayer could be saying hello to Universal's Scarface reboot.
The 1983 version of Scarface is a rare beast in cinema. It's nearly a religion in the same way that Star Wars has become one.
In 2014, the Scarface remake was slated to be helmed by Chilean director Pablo Larraín, who announced it would follow a Mexican drug dealer. Ayer's directorial resume extends to End of Watch, the Brad Pitt-lead Fury, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sabotage. Suddenly someone remembered David Ayer exists, probably hungry to show off his machismo insanity after years of dealing with DC cartoon characters and Orc Cops. And he once notoriously pulled a gun on his assistant for breaking a vase in his personal office over in Silverlake back in the mid-2000s, after he gained some acclaimed for his Training Day screenplay. So he knows the ins and outs of Scarface pretty well. Ayer has actually been linked to this movie for a while, as he was originally hired to write the script for the movie in 2011.
The film is set to bow on August 10, 2018. But he has since dropped out, citing scheduling issues. The new film will be set in Los Angeles.
The Coen brothers recently polished the script. Terence Winter had penned an earlier version. So you can expect some oddball humor to seep in. A Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, the drama will be produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series).
Ayer is now putting the finishing touches on his Netflix film Bright, which stars Will Smith.