‘Scarface’ Might Be Antoine Fuqua’s Next Remake of a Remake
The Magnificent Seven hits theaters next month, but Antoine Fuqua is already eyeing another remake of a beloved classic. The director is reportedly in talks to helm a new remake of Brian De Palma’s 1983 film Scarface, which — like Magnificent Seven — was itself a remake of an earlier film. Remakes of remakes of remakes: It’s the wave of the future.
Deadline reports that Fuqua is in talks to direct Universal’s long-developing remake of Scarface, the 1983 Brian De Palma film starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, an ambitious Cuban immigrant who comes to Miami and ruthlessly builds a drug empire. (Deep breath) De Palma’s film was based on Howard Hawks and Howard Hughes’ 1939 film, which starred Paul Muni in the lead role and was adapted from Armitage Trail’s 1929 novel that was in turn loosely based on the life of gangster Al Capone.
Universal’s new remake is a contemporary retelling of the De Palma version that moves the setting to Los Angeles. Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) wrote the latest draft of the screenplay, with David Ayer (Suicide Squad) and Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) working on previous drafts.
The Scarface remake isn’t all too different from Fuqua’s latest project, The Magnificent Seven, which is a remake of the 1960 western that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai.
In addition to The Magnificent Seven, which hits theaters on September 23, Fuqua also recently helmed the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw, and is producing a TV series adaptation of his acclaimed 2001 drama Training Day.