After directing the last four Harry Potter films, it looks as though David Yates will move on to another scar-faced character. The British filmmaker has entered final talks with Universal to take on the iconic gangster made famous by Howard Hawkes in 1932 and Brian De Palma in 1983.
Oscar nominated screenwriter Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco) was hired in December to write a new draft of the script. The first draft was written in 2011 by David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day), whose last seven films were crime stories set in Los Angeles. Ayer’s script, combined with reports that Tony Montana would be a Mexican cartel member made it safe to assume that the next remake would take place in L.A. The original film followed Italian bootlegger Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) in Chicago, where De Palma’s remake followed Cuban drug kingpin Tony Montana (Al Pacino) in Miami. There is no word on whether or not the story has changed with the hiring of a new writer.
Martin Bregman, who produced the most recent Scarface, will also serve as producer for the new one. He will team up with former Universal Chairman March Shmuger and his relatively new production company, Global Produce.