The 1932 Howard Hawk’s original version of “Scarface” and the 1983 redo hit is coming to theatres once again. And, the “Scarface” remake finally gets a director! The guy responsible to be at the helm of the said remake is Pablo Larrain, a Chilean director who is known for his 2012 film, “No.”
According to The Wrap, Larrain is “in talks” to direct the new “Scarface” movie with a screenplay from Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”). To suit the modern days, the movie gets a modern update as well, which will bring the action to Los Angeles and Tony, the main character of the movie will be a Mexican immigrant. It will show his rise in the criminal underworld. That’s not the only thing that’s going to change, because Tony’s last name will neither be Camonte (1932) or Montana (1983).
Marc Shmuger (“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks “), will be producing “Scarface” under Global Produce together with Martin Bregman, the producer of the 1983 “Scarface” movie.
As of the moment, there is no lead actor yet but filmmakers are looking for someone who is bilingual. Some names have come up to play the role of Tony such as Michael Pena, Oscar Isaac and Edgar Ramirez. Still, the production is open to cast a virtual unknown in what could be a star-making role.
“Scarface” is now known as a landmark gangster film, which was originally directed by Howard Hawks in 1932 with Richard Rosson. It starred Paul Muni and Osgood Perkins. It followed an Italian immigrant rise to power in Chicago. The film drew controversy due to its violence and it took the filmmakers over a year to edit the movie so it would be accepted worldwide but still, a number of states refused to show the said movie in theatres.
In 1983, the movie “Scarface” was remade by Brian De Palma and writer Oliver Stone with an updated story that followed a Cuban immigrant’s (Al Pacino) rise to power in Miami.
The new “Scarface” movie is said to explore Tony’s physical and emotional wounds, where they come from and how they have helped him evolved into the man that he is today.