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David Ayer Gone From Scarface Remake

Gee...I wonder who could direct a Coen Brothers script...

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story on Thursday that the suits at Universal considered David Ayer’s version of Scarface, currently slated for a 2018 release, “too dark,” so they’ve asked the director to step aside.

I’m confused, and on many levels. IMDB lists four screenwriters for this project, including the freakin’ Coen Brothers, who were brought on early this year to polish a script by Jonathan Herman and Terence Winter. Doesn’t the tone have more to do with the script than the director at this point? I realize directors can shape the script, but it was pretty much a done deal when Ayer came aboard in May.

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The more reasonable explanation is, as Deadline reported, that Ayer’s schedule just couldn’t accommodate the movie. He has a movie called Bright in postproduction, and he’ll soon be in preproduction for Gotham City Sirens, which will re-unite him with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

So…are the Coen Brothers not interested? Or is Universal not interested in the Coen Brothers? Personally, I would love to see this version of the film, but that’s pretty much a pipe dream.

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