Thanks to Harry Potter, David Yates has become one of the most in-demand directors in Hollywood. However after making four Hogwarts movies in as many years, we haven’t had a movie from him since. He’s signed up for a lot of things, such as a new take on Tarzan, but nothing’s worked out.
Now Deadline reports that Yates in in final talks with Universal Pictures to direct the remake of Scarface that has been in development since September 2011.
Little is known about this fresh take on the story, although it will apparently be set in the modern day and follow the quest to attain the American Dream. David Ayer signed on to write the script in November 2011, which has since been rewritten by Paul Attanasio. Little has been heard about the movie cine them, but Universal has apparently been developing the script with a number of other writers since then.
An insider is quoted as saying,”Universal has been through a couple of drafts and now is very high on the current draft. The first stop is the director. This is before any conversations on talent or timing.”
Both the original 1932 Scarface, starring Paul Muni, and the 1983 Scarface remake starring Al Pacino, are considered classics, so the studio has big shoes to fill for this second remake.