Deadline is reporting that Training Day director Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven) is in talks to direct Universal’s latest remake of Scarface. The film’s most popular and known incarnation is Brian De Palma’s 1983 version which starred Al Pacino as the Cuban gangster Tony Montana.
The new one borrows the immigrant rags to riches story, but presents it in contemporary Los Angeles. Jonathan Herman wrote the most recent draft, and Paul Attanasio and David Ayer wrote previous versions.
Last we heard the film would focus on a Mexican character chasing the American dream. Maybe, they’ll go with less on-the-nose background for the new incarnation?
Fuqua has proved over the years he understands gangster characters, so it’s a really excellent pairing if you ask me.