Good news for Scarface fans. While the idea of remaking the classic remake, which starred Al Pacino, may disgust a lot of fans, the talent they have on board may actually help to turn some folks. For starters, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has returned to helm the project.
If you may recall, Fuqua was attached to the film at one point but has since returned. Given that this new feature will be set in Los Angeles, it’s nice to know that we’ll be getting a director who really knows the city, and can utilize it for maximum effectiveness. If not Michael Mann, I think Fuqua is a great choice.
But that’s not all. As we’ve heard before, the film will reimagine the story with a Mexican drug lord in Los Angeles at the forefront. Previous drafts of this remake were written by David Ayer, Jonathan Herman, and Joel & Ethan Cohen. They are all talented writers, to be sure, but the story will get redrafted by Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. With him penning the drafts, it could likely avoid instances of cultural sensitivity.
One downside is that I have no idea who this guy is. Dunnet-Alcocer has a handful of shorts to his credit, and his newest film, Miss Bala, is currently in post-production. As such, it’s hard to know what sort of film we’ll be getting with Scarface. But with Fuqua overseeing the story as director, it could be something pretty special.
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