Brian De Palma's 1983 movie Scarface isn't the type of film you want to follow up with a reboot, but according to The Dissolve, that is exactly what Harry Potter director David Yates is considering. Yes, technically De Palma's film was a remake itself of Howard Hawks' 1932 film of the same name, but it's still a strange thought—why a reboot when you can just watch the older version that has been so iconic and influtential?
Anyway, apparently this project has been in the works at Universial for a while now, and the current draft of the script is said to be "very high" on their development list. Should talks with Yates go well, it's possible this film could be in the works relatively soon.
Deadline also added this important note about the project:
This is not a remake or sequel but a reboot of a crime kingpin who through a ruthless campaign of ambition goes in hot pursuit of his American Dream – whatever that is in this decade. Ethnicity and geography were important in the first two versions so expect the same here.
The way this is worded is interesting—specifying that it's not a remake, and that the location/ethnicity of the characters is important seems to suggest that Yates' version could change the setting and a lot of the plot/backstory, which would, in a way, make it its own film. After all, the 1932 version of the film was set in Chicago, whereas De Palma's 1983 version was in Miami.
Since there are no story details it's hard to tell what they actually have planned, but even if Yates' version ends up being different than the previous two, the thought is still an uncomfortable one. Casting someone who can give a perfomance that matches up to Al Pacino's is going to be nearly impossible, and that's just the start.
Anyway, Deadline is reporting that Yates is in "final talks," which means that it's highly possible this will happen. Don't screw this up, guys.
MJ23 wrote: »
They could get Elijah Wood to play Tony Montana.
longshanks wrote: »
Just think how bad the soundtrack will be if it is remade.
squonk wrote: »
So somebody in the studio noticed that Breaking Bad is doing very well for itself and thought "Hmm... how can we latch onto that... Oh yeah, we'll remake Scarface!". As far as I'm concerned, Breaking Bad is the modern Scarface reboot. I'm not that interested in another film to be honest!
WatchWolf wrote: »
Is the term "reboot" not used in regard to franchises? Batman was "rebooted" (same characters, different story).
Has it become the case that "remake" carries such negative connotations, that studios have loosened "reboot" because it sounds sexier?
Nervous Wreck wrote: »
I thought Scarface was crap tbh. Still shouldn't be rebooted though, as there is zero point in doing so.
Technocentral wrote: »
Completely agree, its really popular with mafia types, serial killers and other scumbags, reprehensible thrash.
Potential-Monke wrote: »
So Leonardo DiCaprio is going to take up the iconic role, and it's due for release next year.
Very big shoes to fill, even if you didn't like the 80's film, you know that role was perfectly cast. I think with Leo, they might do it. They're using the same story, but it's being set in 2016, so a modern Scarface. Should be interesting, especially seeing as Leo is in it. He's acting gold at the moment!
Ralf and Florian wrote: »
Can they cut all this "rebooting" baloney and have some original ideas for a change?Yes,I know Scarface was itself inspired by a movie from the 30s but every second Hollywood movie coming out in recent years seems to be a lazy ripjigging of something from 20/30 or even 10 years ago.
Sugarlumps wrote: »
The original was okay, couldn't stand Pfeiffer's character.
MrStuffins wrote: »
Scarface is alright. It's terribly over rated!
TerrorFirmer wrote: »
Not particularly fussed if they do or don't, but Diego Luna I thought was terrible in Rogue One, no presence or charisma at all.
angryIreGamer wrote: »
you are thinking of the 1983 Scarface, a remake of the original 1930s film.