We all knew it was inevitable. Sooner or later, someone would want to make a new, updated version from the classic Scarface story. It has translated into big screen success twice so far, with Howard Hawkes’ 1932 film starring Paul Muni setting the benchmark for gangster films at the time, despite the Hayes Production Code. Brian DePalma’s 1980 film starring Al Pacino has become a part of the cultural lexicon, translating to every form of media beyond the feature film, with the ancillary items selling strong even 31 years after the film premiered.
So Universal Pictures has a capital idea, they’ll make yet another version of the film. Details remain sketchy, but Deadline is reporting that producers Mark Shmuger and Martin Bregman have been meeting with writers to bring the new version to the screen. Bregman produced DePalma’s Scarface as well, so I suppose he knows the territory.
Until further details are released or known, we have to assume there will be something new to this take on the story, possibly another ethnic background and new city setting is on hand for us? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, get ready for the collective groan to ring out across the internet. What do you think?