'Scarface' Remake Loses Director Antoine Fuqua

Antoine Fuqua - The Magnificent Seven Premiere- Getty-H 2017
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The helmer is focusing on a sequel to 2014’s 'The Equalizer.'

Antoine Fuqua is no longer directing Universal’s Scarface remake.

The helmer, who has been on board the project since last summer, has stepped off in order to focus on a sequel to 2014’s The Equalizer, which is on the fast track at Sony Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Fuqua directed the first Equalizer movie, which starred Denzel Washington, and has spent considerable time developing a follow-up.

Both movie projects came to a head in terms of scheduling, forcing Fuqua to make a Solomon-like decision.

Universal is still planning on a spring start for Scarface and is on the hunt for a director. Diego Luna, the male lead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is attached to star in the modern story about the rise and fall of a Latino gangster in Los Angeles.

Previous versions of the crime drama include the 1932 original starring Paul Muni and a 1983 remake starring Al Pacino.