After last week’s mass Internet outcry over the news that Alcon Entertainment would be remaking “Point Break”, apparently Universal was feeling a little left out. So, they did what any reasonable studio would do, scrambling around for one of their existing properties to remake, ultimately settling on “Scarface.”
Deadline reports that the studio is already meeting writers to script a new take on the concept that has given us so much already, including countless hacky rap metaphors and wall-art for generations of unimaginative college students. Truly, “Scarface” has the cultural influence of both Tupac Shakur and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec combined.
While the best known version of the film is Brian De Palma’s 1983 “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, that film was itself a remake of the 1932 film of the same name, directed by Howard Hawks. So while there will no doubt be cries of sacrilege and blasphemy on the internet about this remake, it’s nothing all that unusual, shocking or out of the ordinary. In fact, Deadline points out that when Universal first assembled the De Palma version, there were “howls of heresy.” The more things change, huh?
Deadline also notes that while the new “Scarface” won’t be a true, full-on remake, “it will take the common elements of the first two films: An outsider, an immigrant, barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition.”
The original “Scarface” followed an Italian in Chicago, while the 1983 one memorably set its sights on a Cuban in Miami, but the focus of the new movie is currently still under wraps. Will it be a Chinese Triad who takes over the marijuana trade in California? A Russian gangster who runs a gambling ring in New York City? Or could it possibly be a high school chemistry teacher who enters into Albuquerque’s lucrative, yet dangerous, crystal meth trade, falling down the rabbit hole of deadly, criminal behavior? Anything is possible at this point.
How do you feel about an update to “Scarface”? Do you think it’s necessary or do you prefer your crime movies kitschy, dated and filled with aggressive scenery munching? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.