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Remake of ‘Scarface’ Moves Closer to Reality

Al Pacino in ScarfaceGet ready for yet another Hollywood remake. Though Universal Studios is calling it a reboot, the third version of Scarface is moving closer to becoming a silver screen reality.

The studio has had the project in development for some time, but recently made a push to find a director once they became satisfied with the script. According to Deadline Hollywood, the studio is nearing a deal with British filmmaker, David Yates, who made himself a valuable commodity in Hollywood by successfully directing the last four installments of the Harry Potter series.

Of course, classic movie fans are already well-versed with Howard Hawks’ 1932 original, which starred Paul Muni as an Al Capone-like mobster who wages bloody war in trying to take over Chicago’s criminal rackets. With a script by legendary scribe Ben Hecht, Hawks’ Scarface courted a great deal of controversy for its unrelenting pre-Code violence and has since remained a gangster classic.

In 1983, director Brian de Palma created a few ripples for daring to make a remake of Hawks’ film. Al Pacino starred as Cuban refuge Tony Montana, who climbs a mountain of bodies to rule Miami’s cocaine trade, only to meet an violent end in an iconic shootout featuring one of Pacino’s most-oft repeated lines of his career.

With details about the current direction of the so-called reboot still under wraps, the jury is still out on whether or not this will be a worthwhile venture. But with Yates at the helm, it certainly looks as though it’s in good hands.

Tony Montana (Al Pacino) introduces would-be assassins to his little friend in Brian De Palma’s ‘Scarface’ (1983)/Universal Pictures

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