Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of the classic western film THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is less than a month away from release, but the director’s already looking at new prospects. According to Deadline, Fuqua is currently considering taking the helm for a remake of the classic SCARFACE.
I know, it’s I’m sure you just rolled your eyes at the very idea. “Enough with remakes already,” right? “Al Pacino already nailed the role, so no one else can even try.”
I hear you, I hear you. But we can’t forget that the 1983 Brian DePalma-directed flick itself was a remake of a 1932 film of the same name (which itself was based on the source material from the novel of the same name by Armitage Trail). Remakes will always be a thing, and all we can do is hope that the filmmakers create the best product possible.
That being said, from the sound of it, this won’t be a direct remake. Just like the 1983 film was a huge departure from the Chicago-based original, Fuqua’s film looks to be substantially different from the 1983 film. If there is one thing this new film will steal from the 1983 version, it’s the whole rags to riches aspect, but don’t expect this one to be based in Miami. Instead, this new SCARFACE is set in the mean streets of Los Angeles, and if Fuqua was able to prove anything with his film TRAINING DAY, it’s that he knows how to utilize the streets of L.A. effectively.
Paul Attanasio and David Ayer have both taken cracks at the script for this film, but it’s Jonathan Herman who’s had his hand in a draft most recently. Given that Herman was credited as one of the primary writers in STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, it seems safe to assume this is a particularly strong take on the material.
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