Universal Developing a New 'Scarface' That's Not a Sequel or Remake
The fact that studios don't have the balls to develop an original story without the help of established brands or intellectual property is maddening. The plots of films like Battleship and Hot Wheels would work fine by themselves without the help of the brands studios are attempting to "adapt" for the big screen. Now Universal is trying the same old schtick with a "new version" of Scarface. The original film was a controversial black and white gangster film in 1932 and would later become the iconic 1983 crime drama starring Al Pacino. This new film will not, however, be a sequel or remake of the two films. More below!
Deadline says this story will take the common elements of the first two films to follow an outsider immigrant who makes his way into organized crime in an attempt to achieve the coveted American dream. In the process he becomes one of the most powerful crime kingpins of his time through ruthless violence and ambition. I'm not sure how that doesn't qualify this new project as a remake, but there you have it. Details on the origins of the lead character (who may or may not still be called Tony) are being kept under wraps, but the first two films took place in Chicago and Miami respectively. Maybe this new version will head to New York? Either way, I'm not happy with the studio pretending they're not trying to bank on a familiar name and story for a "new" film.