‘Scarface’ Remake to Hit Theaters
Scarface, the timeless tale of the coke-hustling Cuban made famous by Al Pacino, is set to get the 21st century treatment with a reboot in the works. Deadline reports that Training Day witer David Ayer is on tap to write the new version of Scarface for Universal Pictures.
"I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino version and found some universal themes. I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but both films had a specificity of place, there was unapologetic violence, and a main character who socially scared the shit out of people, but who had his own moral code. Each was faithful to the underworld of its time."
The film will put an updated, modern day spin on the drug kingpin tale. The original film was released in 1932 with Paul Muni playing an Italian who took over Chicago, and then turned into the ultra violent 1983 film that starred Al Pacino as Tony Montana -- a refugee Cuban who took over the cocaine trade in 1980s Miami.