That ‘Scarface’ Remake Is Now Officially Happening, Will Be Set In LA For Some Reason
In September 2011, the first reports hit the web that a Scarface remake was being developed by Universal. Four years later, that remake is now official.
Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman has been hired to do the script rewrite for the remake of the Universal classic. The original drafts were written by Oscar-nominated Quiz Show writer Paul Attanasio and Suicide Squad director David Ayer, and centered on the immigrant story aspect of the 1932 original and the 1983 remake. That latter version is what people generally think of when they think Scarface, as Al Pacino pretty much cemented his post-Godfather career with his role as Cuban ex-pat Tony Montana, who emigrates to Miami and rises through the ranks of the criminal underworld to become a drug kingpin.
But, in a major departure from the 1983 version, the new film will be set in Los Angeles. Granted, it’s not as if the story is fundamentally different as a result, although part of the aesthetic of the original was its striking Miami setting. It’s not a dealbreaker or anything, but really, I don’t get why so many movies have to be set in L.A. — it’s as if the film industry wants all its blockbusters local. Ah well, the setting will matter far less than the question of whom they get for the lead role, since Pacino is going to be hard as hell to replace. This is the guy who took “Say hello to my little friend!” and made it a line people still use 32 years later.
As for Herman, the man has pretty much become Universal’s “It Boy”. Aside from the hotly-anticipated Straight Outta Compton, Herman is currently developing the much buzzed-about thriller The Demonologist, as well as the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. So this script is in good hands, even if the world wasn’t exactly clamoring for a new Scarface.
But what do you think? Is Scarface ripe for remaking? Or is this a bad idea? Also, who should play Tony Montana this time around? Sound off in the comments!