The world is yours, David Yates -- at least if a new report from Deadline.com's Nikki Finke comes to pass. According to Finke, Yates is in "final talks" with Universal to direct the studio's reboot of "Scarface."
Paul Attanasio ("Donnie Brasco") was previously hired to rewrite the initial "Scarface" reboot script by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), but neither screenwriter rates a mention in Finke's new report about Yates. "The studio[,] according to my sources[,] has been refining the script with several screenwriters and drafts while keeping all names and details under wraps," Finke wrote.
Whether Yates winds up directing "Scarface" is unclear. The director of the final four "Harry Potter" films has taken it slow following the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" in 2011, but he has not been without offers. In August of 2011, HitFix reported that Yates was set to make a feature film version of Stephen King's "The Stand" with "Potter" screenwriter Steve Kloves. That never happened, and neither did Yates' Al Capone origin story, "Cicero," which had Tom Hardy attached to star.
In February of 2012, Yates was attached to "Your Voice In My Head" with "Potter" star Emma Watson. He left that film in May of last year. By August of 2012, a new feature found Yates: the Warner Bros. reboot of "Tarzan," but nothing ever came from that apparent flirtation.
Now in the queue is "Scarface," which is based on the novel by Armitage Trail and was previously made into feature films in 1932 (with Paul Muni) and 1983 (with Al Pacino). According to a prior report from Latino Review, the film would take place in the world of the Mexican drug cartels.
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