In America, first you get the money, then you get the power, and then you get the remake. That's the Scarface story, anyway. Howard Hawks's original 1932 film defied moral objections to become one of the great movie success stories, and Brian DePalma's 1983 remake defied moral objections to remaking Scarface and wound up being a cultural milestone with widespread influence. Now we're getting another Scarface, apparently updated for modern sensibilities.
Modern sensibilities that we got… from Scarface. Anyone else think this is weird?
Hollywood Reporter reports that this new Scarface is trying to avoid being called a "remake," even though making a movie called "Scarface" that is, according to the article, "a crime tale set in today’s world, offering a dark look at the American Dream" pretty much meets our definition of the term. Hollywood Reporter refers to it as an "update." That sounds like a way to describe DePalma's version, which moved the action from New York to Florida and covered the immigrant angle from a Cuban perspective, as opposed to the original Italian one. And that version… Hell, that version was a remake.
The film will be produced by Marc Shmuger and Martin Bregman, the latter of whom also produced the 1983 Scarface of which so many of us are fond. No word yet on who might write or direct the rema… update, but it's hard to imagine who might be comparable to either Hawks or DePalma in this day and age, and what a third film in a series based on unconscionable excess would even look like these days. Maybe they'll finally foreground that incest subplot just to get a rise out of us.
CraveOnline will return with more Scarface news, since apparently we just can't say goodbye to our little friend.