Director Pablo Larraín, Not David Yates, to Take on 'Scarface' Remake
Way back in 2011, we learned that Universal was developing a new take on Scarface, but the film wasn't exactly a sequel or a reboot. But when Harry Potter franchise director David Yates circled the film last year, the word remake seemed appropriate since the film was said to take the common elements of the 1932 and 1983 films of the same name 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, and now the film may have a director. Read on!
The Wrap reports Chilean director Pablo Larraín (No) is currently in talks to direct the film now, which will take place in modern Los Angeles and just as we knew, will follow a Mexican immigrant's rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream. The report also says the film will have "a more mythic origin story that explores where Tony's physical and emotional wounds come from and how they shaped him as a man." Okay, so another origin story.
Otherwise, the biggest change in the script, with a recent draft from Donnie Brasco writer Paul Attanasio, is the fact that this will follow a Mexican immigrant, so his first name will still be Tony, but his last name won't be Montana or Camonte. Universal also plans to cast a genuine Latino in the role who is both bilingual and bicultural. Scarface is revered by plenty (especially rappers), so we'll see if audiences have any interest in this new approach when the previous films already did such a great job. Thoughts?