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A few months ago it was revealed that Universal was planning to update Brian De Palma's 'Scarface.' In order to prevent a full-scale movie geek upheaval, Universal was quick to point out that this would not be a 'Scarface' remake, but rather another, more contemporary, story about an immigrant who rises through the ranks of some American crime syndicate in another perversion of the American dream. Well now it seems the project has found a writer in David Ayer ('Training Day,' 'The Fast and the Furious'). Ayer states that he is not intimidated to take on such an iconic property and that he campaigned hard for the film. He also stated that he has studied both the De Palma 'Scarface' and the 1932 version directed by Howard Hawks and taken note of their shared traits. No word yet as to when production on this new 'Scarface' will begin.
As die-hard a fan of 'Scarface' as I am, I actually have no problem with this project. If the goal of the new film was merely to create a shot-for-shot remake of De Palma's version, then it would border dangerously on cinematic sacrilege. Since they are going with the revamp based on similar themes but not necessarily the same character, the whole thing seems downright appropriate. I mean if someone had decided that Paul Muni's 'Scarface' was untouchable, we wouldn't have gotten everybody's favorite bad guy. The thing that makes me laugh is how Ayer is talking about all these similarities he's discovering between the two existing films. Yeah David, that's probably because they are both based on the book by Armitage Trail which was itself an adaptation of the life of Al Capone. Those similarities aren't accidental nor are they clandestine. In any event, it will be interesting to see how Ayer's new arch villain takes shape.
Thoughts from the Spillverse?