Scarface Reboot Actually in the Works, but It Might Not Be Set in Miami

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Talks of a sequel or remake of Brian de Palma's 1983 neo-noir masterpiece Scarface have surfaced since, well, pretty much 1983. Now, just months before that film's 30th anniversary, Deadline reports that the director of the last few Harry Potter movies is in final talks to helm a reboot of Scarface.

Reboot being the keyword, which means there's no guarantee the new flick will have anything to do with Miami or Cuban drug lords.

Deadline reports that details of the long-gestating script are under wraps, but that David Yates is all but signed on to direct.

It also adds this clarification:

On Scarface, he will be tasked with updating the crime saga so it lives up to the Ben Hecht/Howard Hawks/Paul Muni and Oliver Stone/Brian De Palma/Al Pacino classics since both became part of popular culture. This is not a remake or sequel but a reboot of a crime kingpin who through a ruthless campaign of ambition goes in hot pursuit of his American Dream - whatever that is in this decade. Ethnicity and geography were important in the first two versions so expect the same here. Former Universal head Marc Shmuger and his Global Produce banner is producing along with Martin Bregman who produced the Pacino version.

Of course, the Miami-set Scarface was based the 1932 flick of the same name that featured Italian gangsters in Chicago engaged in the Prohibition-era alcohol trade. So it appears Universal may want to switch out the ethnicity and setting of the new film as well.

Which is silly.

The 1932 feature with Tony Camonte is a fine flick, but it's De Palma's Tony Montana version that still looms large over pop culture today. Will filmgoers show up to see any random Tony of any random ethnicity climbing to the top of any random drug trade in any random city?

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Julesss
Julesss

Funny how Cubans in Miami were originally enraged that Tony Montana was representing their community when the movie was being filmed in the 80's.


Phil Stillman
Phil Stillman

What do you expect from an industry that rarely comes up with a new movie idea. "rebooting" Scarface is like redoing Casablanca in color with some new "heartthrob" replacing Humphrey Bogart -- while they're at it, why not cast Lindsay Lohan in Ingrid Bergman's role for even more attention . . . Some classics are meant to be left untouched and sacrosanct (George Lucas, are you listening? Maybe you can get Disney to put Jar Jar Binks in Episode IV: A New Hope -- I'm sure people would love to go back to the theater for that!). Scarface is one of those classics that should be admired, not "rebooted" like a frozen PC.

Rey Feliciano
Rey Feliciano

a classic as such can never be remade. will always be a cheap knock off

Aaron Matthews
Aaron Matthews

Maybe a real Cuban this time? Has to be Miami unless they change the whole story.

Jose Salazar
Jose Salazar

Please dnt they already destroyed miami vice with the garbage that came out this is l we have left

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

if they are gonna make changes, they should change tony to being Colombian

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

it has to be in miami, if its not thats just fucken stupid

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

While its true that Pacino's Scarface was a remake, it was way better, grittier than the original. They should not remake.

Lisa Cunningham
Lisa Cunningham

I will not watch a remake of this movie....it's a classic. I don't watch many remakes.

Randy Zuniga
Randy Zuniga

Want to avoid the remake? Don't watch it. I was looking at a list of remakes recently.. When did Dirty Dancing and Footloose get remade!? Remakes don't matter to me.

MisterWrong
MisterWrong

They need to remake it as a musical with Justin Bieber and Nicky Minaj and it will be so much better than the boring original with that old guy Al Pinocchio

Daniel Funes
Daniel Funes

Cartel movie set in México/West coast. That would be the most realistic and relevant to our times.

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

One set in rising Asia would be cool. They have the same disparity between the wealthy and the poor that makes the Scarface rags to riches story, and drugs cartels that traffic heroin.

Layssa Ma Zamora-Pérez
Layssa Ma Zamora-Pérez

The "Scarface" that we all know and love was actually a remake itself. The original is from the 1930's. Look it up!

Jane Keller-Butts
Jane Keller-Butts

Some things are better off left untouched.. Especially a classic like Scarface...

Charles Schneider
Charles Schneider

Frickin remakes, Hollywood can't come up with crap these days. Instead they screw up our timeless favorites. Wheeeee.

Brandon Chico TheThird
Brandon Chico TheThird

^ it was set tot ake place in miami even though they filmed in california as well

Gabe Yunes
Gabe Yunes

goddamnit. why is hollywood messing with this film??????? do they realize how much of an important film this is???! why can these assholes come up with new ideas and leave the classics alone!

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

But this time put it in the future and hes a robot and samuel l jackson is still tired of these motherfucking snakes on this mother fucking plane

Sean Huertas
Sean Huertas

dont even make another if its not even going to be set in miami forget about it

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