So why then, if Universal are planning a remake of one of the most beloved R rated movies of all time, have they fired David Ayer because they feel his script is "too dark"? While Universal looks for yet another helmer to take on their iteration of the classic gangster movie, Ayer will continue to develop the spinoff of last year's DC bad guy team up film, Suicide Squad.
Anthony Fuqua, who remade The Magnificent Seven, was previously attached to director, and Peter Beth (Patriots Day) and David McKenzie (Hell or High Water) had been previously associated with the project.
Dylan Clark will produce the film along with Martin Bregman, who also produced the 1983 project.
From the get-go, Ayer seemed like the ideal fit for a modern version of "Scarface". Ayer's take on the script was reportedly "too dark" for Universal's taste (although Variety cites "scheduling issues" as the reason for his exit), which is interesting considering this is the story of a violent, misogynistic drug dealer. Diego Luna is now attached to star with the latest draft of the script penned by The Coen Brothers. While he's not returning to direct the Suicide Squad sequel (the latest speculation says The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra is the favorite for that gig), Ayer is working on a spinoff, tentatively titled Gotham City Sirens.
Ayer has plenty on his plate aside from Scarface.
Will Smith and David Ayer in Suicide Squad (2016).