Antoine Fuqua’s Western The Magnificent Seven is set to open the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, and the director may soon be trading in cowboys for gangsters. Fuqua is currently in talks to helm a new take on Scarface for Universal.
Howard Hawks directed the original, Chicago-set Scarface in 1932, which was reimagined by Brian De Palma in 1983 with a story set in the Miami drug trade that famously starred Al Pacino in the lead role of Tony Montana.
Straight Outta Compton scribe Jonathan Herman wrote the most recent draft of the project.Donnie Brasco screenwriter Paul Attanasio and Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer wrote previous versions of the script.
Bluegrass Films and Global Produce are behind the would-be third iteration of the film. Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will act as producers, along with Marty Bregman, who produced 1983’s Scarface.
Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven is a reimagining of John Sturges’ 1960 Western that starred Steve McQueen. Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington star in the pic, which is set to hit theaters Sept. 23.
Fuqua currently is attached to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in the biopic The Man Who Made It Snow. On the TV front, he is acting as the executive producer on CBS’ Training Day TV series, which is based on his 2001 crime thriller and he also recently received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from AT&T Audience Network for his diamond drama Ice.
Fuqua is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.
by Mia Galuppo