Variety is reporting that Universal has attached “Call Me by Your Name” filmmaker Luca Guadagnino to develop its “Scarface”
retelling for the studio with an eye to direct. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen wrote the latest version of the script with earlier drafts by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Jonathan Herman and Paul Attanasio.
“Scarface” will be produced by Dylan Clark for his Dylan Clark Productions. Scott Stuber will executive produce alongside Marco Marabito. SVP Brian Williams will also executive produce for Dylan Clark Productions.
The story has been adapted a number of times, most recently in the 1983 classic starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer with Brian DePalma directing. The new pic is a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films, and will be set in Los Angeles.
Senior VP of production Jay Polidoro and director of development Lexi Barta will oversee the project for Universal.
Guadagnino has spent the majority of his career directing prestige films, so “Scarface” would be the closest he’s come to taking on a tentpole. He most recently helmed a remake of “Suspiria” for Amazon Studios, which starred Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Moretz. Prior to that, he directed the Academy Award-winning drama “Call Me by Your Name,” which earned him an Oscar nomination.
He is currently on post-production on his HBO limited series “We Are Who We Are,” which stars Alice Braga and Kid Cudi, and is also developing a remake of “Lord of the Flies” for Warner Bros.