Basically everyone knows Scarface, the Brian De Palma gangster epic that had Al Pacino spouting off Oliver Stone‘s dialogue in one of film’s most ridiculous Cuban accents. But, not many younger fans know that it’s a remake of Howard Hawks‘ classic from 1932. With that knowledge in hand, this news should be a lot easier for people to accept.
As Deadline reports, Universal will be going back to the well for a new version that will have Marc Shmuger and Martin Bregman producing; the latter was behind the Pacino movie. It won’t be an unrecognizable tale, since it “will take the common elements of the first two films,” those being “an immigrant, barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition.”
I got a good laugh when reading that the ethnicity of the main character is being kept under wraps at the moment. It’s supposed to be significant to this movie’s location — the first had an Italian conquering Chicago, the remake a Cuban gaining control of the Miami drug trade. What ethnicity could match a location today? There are at least a few that come to mind.
Not being a fan of the Pacino-starring film and having no substantial feelings toward Hawks‘ take, I’m completely fine with this happening. Even if I did care for either one to a great degree, this is a classic gangster tale that can be told several different ways, to varying degrees of success. With a well-crafted interpretation, I bet a good portion of audiences won’t even worry that this is based on one of their favorite movies.
How do you feel about a new Scarface? Is this a story that you want to see again?
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