Chalk another project now off “Call Me by Your Name” and “Bones and All” filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s radar.
Speaking with The Hindu, the 52-year-old Italian director has confirmed he is no longer involved in the latest attempt to remake “Scarface”.
He tells the outlet rather plainly: “I am not working on Scarface anymore”. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen wrote the script for the project, taking over from earlier drafts by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Jonathan Herman and Paul Attanasio.
The new take was to be set in present-day Los Angeles, very different from Howard Hawks’ 1932 Chicago-set original and Brian DePalma’s 1983 Miami-set remake with Al Pacino.
The project was more than just an early development title too with the film landing nearly $10 million in California filming tax credits back in 2021. However it never progressed.
Other filmmakers like David Ayer and Antoine Fuqua were circling it at one point or another. Guadagnino also dropped out of a proposed Rooney Mara-led biopic of the late and great Audrey Hepburn.
His next film is the Zendaya and Josh O’Connor-led “Challengers” arriving early next year. He recently finished filming the Daniel Craig-led period drama “Queer,” and has other projects lined up including an adaptation of the holocaust novel “Wartime Lies,” and a new take on “Lord of the Flies”.