Last we’d heard about the remake of Scarface, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates was attached to direct. However, Yates’ Tarzan film (starring Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård) got off the ground, taking him out of the running. Universal apparently didn’t waste too much time looking for his replacement, however, and now they’ve got him: Pablo Larraín.
Don’t feel out of the loop if you’ve never heard of Larraín. He’s a Chilean filmmaker whose biggest breakthrough on the American side of things so far has been No, the 2012 historical drama starring Gael García Bernal that was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (it lost to Amour). According to The Wrap, Larraín’s vision for the new Scarface is what won over the producers.
As for what that vision is, all we really know at this point is that the film will take place in modern day Los Angeles, and that this time it will be about a Mexican immigrant named Tony who becomes a drug kingpin. The screenplay was written by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and will explore where “Tony’s physical and emotional wounds come from and how they shaped him as a man,” which is a code word for this being an origin story. Hopefully that doesn’t mean they’re banking on this whole thing becoming a new Scarface franchise, and just that they’re hoping to show a more dynamic Tony by capturing how he became power crazy.
No actors are attached to the film, though the studio is reportedly willing to go with a relative unknown instead of casting an already established Latino actor. No release date has been set, but assuming Larraín stays on track to direct, this could easily hit theaters in 2015.
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