“The Magnificent Seven” might not be the only high-profile remake on Antoine Fuqua’s schedule. Deadline is reporting that the filmmaker is in talks to direct “Scarface” for Universal — the third take on the classic gangster picture after Brian De Palma’s 1983 version starring Al Pacino and Howard Hawks’ Pre-Code classic from 1932.
This new film would move the action to Los Angeles — the first two took place in Chicago and Miami, respectively — and retain the rags-to-riches premise. The most recent draft was filed by Jonathan Herman (“Straight Outta Compton”), though Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) and David Ayer (who just directed “Suicide Squad”) have turned in their own versions as well. Fuqua, who first came to wide attention for directing “Training Day,” has also helmed “King Arthur” and “Southpaw,” among others.
“The Magnificent Seven,” which reunites Fuqua with his “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” star Denzel Washington, will open the Toronto International Film Festival next month; it’s also slated to appear in Venice. All co-star in the remake, which hits theaters on September 23.