Writer and director David Ayer knows how to make a certain type of gritty, street-level film, evident in his epic takes on war and crime in Fury and End of Watch. Ayer, who is a military veteran, understands the intense brotherhood that exists between Soldiers, cops, and criminals. He knows what makes these people tick and how to express their points-of-view on film with a degree of authenticity that few others in Hollywood can achieve.
For whatever reason, Ayer’s sensibilities didn’t translate particularly well to the big-budget anti-superhero film Suicide Squad (don’t let the box office fool you, this was not a good movie). Deadline is reporting that Ayer is in negotiations with Universal to direct a reboot of the classic gangster film Scarface, this time set in modern-day Los Angeles and starring actor Diego Luna (Rogue One).
The original Scarface debuted in 1932, depicting the immigrant struggles of Italian-Americans in prohbition-era Chicago. The updated 1983 version, written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian DePalma, similarly addressed immigrant issues, but this time the emphasis was on Cuban-Americans during the 80s cocaine-era in Miami.
According to Deadline, the new reboot will again follow an immigrant struggle, written by the Coen brothers (among several other credited writers). Though Luna’s ethnicity may suggest a Latino slant in this remake, it’s no guarantee (Al Pacino is obviously of Italian descent, but portrayed a Cuban character). Variety relates that the film will focus on Mexican culture in this iteration.
This is an interesting choice for Ayer, and an opportunity silence critics regarding his most recent work (a key criticism of Suicide Squad was the poor script, which Ayer famously only had six weeks to write). The size and scope of a Scarface remake is likely somewhere between the small-unit focuses of Fury and End of Watch compared to the sprawling nature of Suicide Squad. I think a David Ayer directed Scarface could be a fantastic character study, which the Coens certainly specialize, so this has the potential to be amazing.
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