(AllHipHop News) Director Antoine Fuqua has a remake of “Scarface” in his sights.
The “Training Day” filmmaker is preparing to premiere his reboot of “The Magnificent Seven” at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, and now he is in talks to take charge of another movie classic.
According to Deadline.com, Fuqua has entered negotiations with Universal studio executives about revamping “Scarface” for a new generation of film fans, 33 years after Brian De Palma and Al Pacino tackled the gangster thriller.
The 1983 release, which was set in Miami, Florida, was itself a remake of Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson’s 1932 original, which starred Paul Muni in the lead role, and was based on late crime writer Armitage Trail’s 1929 novel of the same name, which was inspired by the rise and fall of real-life Chicago mob boss Al Capone.
If Fuqua signs on, his version of Scarface will take place in modern-day Los Angeles.
The latest draft of the script was penned by “Straight Outta Compton” screenwriter Jonathan Herman, although “Donnie Brasco’s” Paul Attanasio and “Suicide Squad’s” David Ayer previously helped to develop the plot.
Marty Bregman, who worked on De Palma’s project, will also produce the new reboot, alongside Marc Shmuger, Dylan Clark, and Scott Stuber, the husband of model-turned-actress Molly Sims.
Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven” reunites him with his “Training Day” stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, while Chris Pratt also features.
The original western, directed by John Sturges, starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz as seven renegades who are recruited to protect a Mexican village from bandits.
The 1960 release was based on Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai and was followed by three sequels – “Return of the Magnificent Seven,” “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” and “The Magnificent Seven Ride Again.”