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Coen Brothers to Polish Script for ‘Scarface’ Reimagining

Variety logo Variety 2/10/2017 Justin Kroll
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Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to polish the script for Universal Pictures’ “Scarface” reimagining.

The studio also dated their new take on the mobster saga for August 10, 2018.

Variety first reported that Antoine Fuqua left the project as director, but sources reveal that the studio is very close to landing a new helmer. Diego Luna, who starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” is attached to reprise the role made famous by Al Pacino in Brian De Palma’s classic.

It’s not the Coen brothers’ first go-round doctoring a major script–the Oscar-winning duo were recently hired to polish Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

The new “Scarface,” a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, will be produced by Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark.

Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 original, will return to produce again. The studio first bought rights to “Scarface” in 1932.

Exec VP of production Jon Mone and VP of production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal.

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