Universal Pushing Forward on ‘Scarface’ Remake

By March 19, 2015

Having taken its place among some of the most classic films ever made, Howard Hawks’ Scarface from 1932 told the story of an Italian immigrant, arriving in the United States and making his version of the American Dream come true through the avenue of organized crime. Partially inspired by the rise and fall of infamous crime lord Al Capone, the story of Tony Camonte was an uncharacteristically hard-hitting film of the time, outraging censors and garnering a place as one of the best American gangster films of all time.

Most people today probably know about the remake, released in 1983 by director Brian De Palma. Re-envisioning the main character as a Cuban refugee, his assassination of a former member of the Cuban government earns Tony Montana — played by Al Pacino in one of his most iconic roles — a seat at the table of the Floridian drug trade, and over the course of the film he takes his place as a drug lord in his own right, achieving his vision of the American Dream and showing everyone around him that the world was his. That is, until it wasn’t.

Now, according to Empire, Universal Pictures is moving forward with a new version of Scarface, to be written by Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Jonathan Herman. According to the piece, this version will re-envision the main character as a Mexican immigrant, attempting to make his dreams come true through the Los Angeles underworld, with “physical and emotional wounds” being a primary focus on how the main character — who will hopefully also be named “Tony” — becomes the man he is destined to.

While there’s no confirmed director or star currently attached, directors like David Ayer (FurySuicide Squad) and Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain have seen their names come up. Either way, there’s going to be an immense amount of pressure in following up on De Palma’s film, which has become one of the most beloved crime films of the last thirty years. Interestingly enough, THR asked Al Pacino what he thought of a remake, and he seemed to give it his blessing. For more on this film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.