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It won’t be a sequel, a prequel, or have any kind of connection whatsoever to the 1983 Brian De Palma film starring Al Pacino that is beloved by rappers everywhere, but it will keep the name, the themes, and, presumably, a bloody finale.
Yup, they’re remaking “Scarface”. I’d like to tell you I didn’t see this coming, but come on, we all saw this coming, didn’t we?
Deadline reports that Universal has started meeting with writers to find someone who can come up with a new take on the old tale — “new” as in find a way to make a remake sellable, while still not really doing anything new. In today’s Hollywood, you can’t get any “newer” than that.
In the De Palma original (itself a remake of the 1932 movie of the same name starring Paul Muni), Pacino played the iconic Tony Montana, a scumbag Cuban immigrant who finds that the ’80s Miami drug trade is very much wide open for a brazen entrepreneur willing to go get his hands a little — or a lot — dirty. The film also co-starred Michelle Pfeiffer as the object of Montana’s lust, and Steven Bauer as his fellow immigrant.
Marc Shmuger and Martin Bregman will do the producing duty honors for Universal.