Scarface, while more of a dark gangster movie than straight horror, is getting the reboot treatment (again) by Oscar-nominated director Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria, Call Me By Your Name) for Universal Pictures, according to Deadline. And if that’s not enough, it’s also written by the legendary Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men).
Regardless of how you feel about the Suspiria reboot of 2018 (I was a fan), it’s clear that Guadagnino decided to go his own (extremely violent) route in remaking it instead of a straight retelling of the familiar tale. How that will translate to the Scarface reboot is unclear now, but it will be interesting to see unfold, especially with a script by the dark and often comedic Coen Brothers.
This project has been in the works since 2011 with other directors attached including David Ayers. All that’s known about the plot so far is that it will be set in Los Angeles.
Brian De Palma directed 1983’s Scarface starring Al Pacino as Cuban Tony Montana who takes over a drug cartel in Miami. The original, directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson in 1931 starring Paul Muni, was a similar story about an Italian gangster in Chicago.
Guadagnino is also set to direct a number of other films in the next few years, including a Lord of the Flies female re-imagining and a film adaptation of the book Burial Rites with Jennifer Lawrence currently attached.
Guadagnino has often experimented with different genres in his movies. His last two films were Suspiria, an experimental blood-soaked bonanza, and Call Me By Your Name, a gay romance which earned Guadagnino multiple award nominations including a Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 2017.
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