Luca Guadagnino to direct Scarface reboot

Luca Guadagnino has signed on to direct a reboot of Scarface.According to editors at Variety, the Italian filmmaker has been in negotiations with executives at Universal Pictures to helm a new version of the gangster movie.Guadagnino has not yet commen…

Luca Guadagnino has signed on to direct a reboot of Scarface.

According to editors at Variety, the Italian filmmaker has been in negotiations with executives at Universal Pictures to helm a new version of the gangster movie.

Guadagnino has not yet commented on the news, but by taking up the project, Guadagnino will be the third director to tell the story of Scarface, which has become an iconic Hollywood crime story.

Loosely based on the life of Al Capone, an immigrant who builds a criminal empire, the first Scarface film was released in 1932.

The flick was then famously remade in 1983 by Brian De Palma, starring Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, and Robert Loggia.

While the original version of the film was set in Chicago, and the ’80s rendition in Miami, Guadagnino’s reboot is tipped to be located in Los Angeles.

The project will be new territory for the 48-year-old, who is known for his work on films such as the Academy Award-winning Call Me by Your Name, 2009’s I Am Love, and his numerous collaborations with Tilda Swinton.

Guadagnino is the latest in a string of names attached to the project, with a revised Scarface script, initially written by David Ayer, circulating in Hollywood since 2011.

Subsequently, David Yates and Antoine Fuqua have both been in line to direct the film, but departed before production was ever in motion.

The movie’s screenplay has been worked on by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Jonathan Herman, Paul Attanasio, with recent workshopping by Joel and Ethan Coen.

A potential release date has not yet been announced.

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Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi movie Infinite pushed to 2021

Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Infinite will now be released in 2021.The Antoine Fuqua-directed film was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas on 7 August, but due to the coronavirus crisis, bosses at Paramount Pictures have decided to shift …

Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Infinite will now be released in 2021.

The Antoine Fuqua-directed film was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas on 7 August, but due to the coronavirus crisis, bosses at Paramount Pictures have decided to shift the debut until 28 May 2021 – which coincides with Memorial Day weekend in the United States.

In an interview with Deadline, Infinite producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explained that he is compelled by the feature’s relevance to the current Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world.

“This movie is probably different than others, in that its ambition is such that it is timely in this moment, asking the kinds of questions that we are all asking ourselves sitting at home,” he told the outlet.

Infinite depicts the story of a troubled man who discovered that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. The flick also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dylan O’Brien, Sophie Cookson, and Rupert Friend.

And although Infinite is to be delayed by over 10 months, Di Bonaventura and his team are continuing to edit the movie as if it were due for a summer 2020 release:

“(We) act like we are keeping that same date, to keep up the passion and the intensity. If you don’t manage it correctly, what can happen is you start cutting for cutting’s sake, and you can take the life out of something,” the producer shared, while Fuqua noted that editing under lockdown has presented challenges: “God forbid there’s an Internet connection issue to the system. Everything freezes, you have to wait and when we jump back on the call, it’s the next day and the urgency and the feeling and the excitement in the immediacy of the moment, sometimes gets lost.”

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to play villain opposite Mark Wahlberg in Infinite

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast as the villain opposite Mark Wahlberg in action-thriller Infinite. Infinite, to be directed by Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, centres on a group of near-immortal men and women who are reincarnated over the centuries and ar…

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast as the villain opposite Mark Wahlberg in action-thriller Infinite.

Infinite, to be directed by Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, centres on a group of near-immortal men and women who are reincarnated over the centuries and are known as “the Infinite.”

The British actor will play a member of the Infinite who has found a way to stop the reincarnation process and plans to use it on his own kind, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Wahlberg, who was drafted in to lead the project after Chris Evans dropped out, is set to portray Evan Michaels, a man with schizophrenia who realises his hallucinations are actually memories from past lives, and these will help him defeat the evil mastermind.

Ejiofor also joins The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien and Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Sophie Cookson, who have been previously been cast in undisclosed roles, as well as Rupert Friend and Icelandic actor Johannes Haukur Johannesson.

Ian Shorr and John Lee Hancock are writing the script, which is based on D. Eric Maikranz’s 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Mark Vahradian and Bellevue Productions’ John Zaozirny.

Production is set to get underway in London at the end of September ahead of a cinema release in August 2020.

The 12 Years a Slave actor made his directorial debut earlier this year with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and recently lent his voice to the villain Scar in the remake of Disney’s The Lion King. He will next appear in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, and recently wrapped filming alongside Charlize Theron in The Old Guard.

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Idris Elba posts cryptic tweets amid James Bond rumours

Idris Elba has shared several cryptic messages amid rumours he is the front-runner to play James Bond.In recent years, speculation has swirled that the British actor is in the running to take over from Daniel Craig as the spy in the hit movie series, f…

Idris Elba has shared several cryptic messages amid rumours he is the front-runner to play James Bond.

In recent years, speculation has swirled that the British actor is in the running to take over from Daniel Craig as the spy in the hit movie series, following the release of Bond 25 in late 2019.

However, Elba has had some fun with the latest round of rumours and on Sunday (12Aug18) he uploaded a filtered selfie to Twitter with the caption, “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba” – a reference to 007’s signature “Bond, James Bond” line.

He also posted a photo of hip-hop group Public Enemy and another tweet referring to their 1988 song Don’t Believe the Hype.

“Don’t believe the HYPE,” the Luther star wrote, a statement which many of his followers interpreted to mean that he would not be playing Bond.

Though Elba has repeatedly brushed aside talk that he could be the next Bond, rumours were renewed last Thursday after U.K. newspaper The Daily Star published a report stating that director Antoine Fuqua had spoken to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about the future of the spy franchise and that she had claimed that “it is time” for a black actor to take on the part.

But a representative for Fuqua has since rejected the report and told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that the content of the story was “all made up stuff” and that The Equalizer filmmaker had “never had a conversation” with Broccoli.

Elba’s representative has declined to comment too. At present, the 45-year-old is in the pre-production stages of TV series Turn Up Charlie and Fast and Furious movie spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Craig has played Bond since succeeding Pierce Brosnan for 2006 reboot Casino Royale. Other names linked to play super sleuth in the future include Tom Hardy, Aiden Turner, Henry Cavill, James Norton and Nicholas Hoult.

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Idris Elba attached to big screen adaptation of Ghetto Cowboy

Idris Elba looks set to star in and produce his next film project, Ghetto Cowboy.Based on Gregory Neri’s 2011 novel of the same name, Ghetto Cowboy tells the story of Cole, a city kid who is forced to go and live with his estranged father Harp, to be…

Idris Elba looks set to star in and produce his next film project, Ghetto Cowboy.

Based on Gregory Neri’s 2011 novel of the same name, Ghetto Cowboy tells the story of Cole, a city kid who is forced to go and live with his estranged father Harp, to be played by Elba, an urban cowboy, in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dan Walser and Ricky Staub have adapted Neri’s book into a screenplay, with Staub also stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut.

Elba will be co-producing the project with his Green Door Pictures company.

The Luther star has been producing since 2011, working on both projects he stars in as well as other films and TV shows. He’s also making the move into directing, with his debut feature, Yardie, hitting cinemas later this month (Aug18) following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Before he starts work on Ghetto Cowboy, the British actor can be seen in Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, opposite franchise favourites Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

The sometime DJ will also be gracing the small screen in Turn Up Charlie, a TV series about a struggling DJ and confirmed bachelor tasked with taking care of his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

And on Friday (10Aug18), bookies slashed his odds at becoming the next James Bond after Training Day director Antoine Fuqua backed him as the new 007. Betfair made him the new 2/1 favourite to replace Daniel Craig in the role, overtaking former favourites Tom Hardy and James Norton.

“Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape. He doesn’t look 45. No one would even know,” Fuqua said, after claiming Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has probably wanted a black Bond for years.

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Antoine Fuqua: ‘Barbara Broccoli would back a black Bond’

Antoine Fuqua is surprised there hasn’t been a black Bond yet as thinks producer Barbara Broccoli would be keen on the idea.The race for 007 isn’t officially on as current James Bond Daniel Craig is back for the next instalment of the spy franchise, Bo…

Antoine Fuqua is surprised there hasn’t been a black Bond yet as thinks producer Barbara Broccoli would be keen on the idea.

The race for 007 isn’t officially on as current James Bond Daniel Craig is back for the next instalment of the spy franchise, Bond 25, which is scheduled for a 2019 release.

However, lots of movie fans feel the time will soon be right for a change, including the Training Day director.

“I’m surprised (there has not been a black 007). Barbara probably wanted it for years but it just didn’t happen,” he said, reports Britain’s Daily Express.

“I’m surprised it hasn’t happened yet but we just now have Black Panther so it takes a while sometimes to make change happen. I think it will happen eventually.”

Idris Elba is one of the bookies’ favourites to take over from Daniel when he eventually quits the coveted role, though the Luther star has poured cold water on the idea after claiming his name is thrown about simply because he’s a prominent black star.

Fuqua thinks he’d make an excellent Bond though.

“Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape. He doesn’t look 45. No one would even know,” he said. “When Sean Connery stepped into the scene he was a rough old dude.

“I think you need a guy with some weight to be James Bond. That’s why I think Daniel is really strong. You need a guy with some weight, like a physically strong presence, like some power. Sean Connery was just powerful. Even when he was being charming and witty and funny he had a power about him. Idris has that.”

Fuqua is currently promoting The Equalizer 2, which has seen him team with Denzel Washington for the fourth time.

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