‘Scarface’ remake: Everything you need to know
“Say hello to my little friend!”
Perhaps one of the most quoted lines from cinema history, this is one of many reasons that the 1983 Scarface film starring Al Pacino was so popular. Even though the film is decades old, it still has fans who watch it over and over and quote it word for word. Since most every popular movie is remade in some form or fashion these days, it is not surprising to find that a new Scarface is in the works.
For years, there have been plans to recreate the film in a new way, though it keeps getting shifted around and changed up, year after year. Just a few months ago, new details came out about the film, including who will be directing it. Whether you are a film fan in general or a lover of this movie, you will want to hear all the details surrounding the Scarface remake movie.
Stepping Back in Time
Before we move forward to the details regarding the remake, let’s step back for a moment and revisit the original. Did you know that the 1983 film Scarface was not the first of its name? The very first Scarface film came out in 1932 and starred Paul Muni. Howard Hughes produced the film while Howard Hawks was the director.
In the first version, Antonio “Tony” Camonte is an Italian immigrant who takes over the South Side of Chicago as the new crime boss. The story was loosely based on the life of Al Capone, the notorious gangster.
While this was the original version of Scarface, the most memorable is the version from 1983 starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. This film was directed by Brian De Palma, with Pacino playing Tony Montana. In this version, Tony is a Cuban immigrant who becomes a drug lord in the city of Miami.
The 1983 version was so popular, it has remained a cult classic. It was nominated for three Golden Globes, with Pacino earning a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture. In the beginning, the movie was criticized for its excessive violence and profanity but has managed to stand the test of time as a classic crime film over the decades.
The film was so popular that Hollywoodmemorabilia.com hase several Al Pacino signed movie posters. There are even themed online slot games based on the film.
Remake Talks Continue with New Director Announced
For years now, the Scarface remake has been “in the works”. Hollywood has been trying to see this story told again for quite some time, but the project did not seem to be gaining any headway, until earlier this year. It was announced recently that the film has a new director on board, Luca Guadagnino. The Academy Award-nominated director of Call Me By Your Name is said to have signed on to the project.
Universal Pictures is developing the remake and the script has been worked on by several writers. Drafts have been handled by Paul Attanasio, Jonathan Herman and Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. The script was essentially taken over by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, the most recent writers to add to the project. This development perked up the ears of movie lovers due to the Coen Brothers past creations.
The Coen Brothers are responsible for writing a ton of classic movies, from Raising Arizona to Fargo and The Big Lebowski, to O’ Brother Where Art Thou? and No Country for Old Men.
For Guadagnino, the director has stated that the remake will be “very timely”. What that means exactly is anyone’s guess. The original was based in Chicago while the 1983 version was based in Miami. Where will the new version be located? Will it be a modern take or perhaps just pushed into the 1990s or early 2000’s? It will certainly be interesting to see where Guadagnino takes the film, what the plot will be, and how it will vary from the previous versions. It certainly has shoes to fill when compared to the 1983 cult classic.
Casting: Who will Play the Lead Characters?
Al Pacino will forever be remembered for the many iconic characters he played, particularly Tony Montana. Casting the new Scarface must be done in a way that provides the same strong character presence in the lead as Pacino was able to create. So, who is part of the cast? It seems to be a bit up in the air.
Over the years, several names have been attached with the project. In 2018, it was rumored that Denzel Washington might take the lead. For some time, Diego Luna was signed on to play the lead role in the film. Luna is best known for playing the kingpin Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo in the Narcos: Mexico television show on Netflix.
As of 2020, Luna is no longer attached to the project. He will not be starring in the film, so it is still unclear who will be playing the lead role in the reboot.
Even though the film has a new director, additional details are lacking. There is no tentative release date, trailer ideas, etc. You can visit the Scarface remake IMDb to keep track of the latest information as it updates.
Another great classic not that well known but a masterpiece of its time is the 1961 film The Hustler. Not Mafia related, but an amazing portrayal of the gambling world.