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Antoine Fuqua may say hello to Universal's Scarface remake

08.10.2016

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Antoine Fuqua has been coming on strong in recent years after seeing a bit of a downturn in his career following TRAINING DAY. But following the successes of OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE EQUALIZER and SOUTHPAW and with a promising remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN on deck for September, Fuqua has once again become a filmmaker that studios want to work with, and so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that Universal is ready to hand him the reins for their SCARFACE remake. 

Fuqua is currently in talks with the studio to direct the third take on SCARFACE, which would take the premise of an immigrant rising to power from his meager beginnings into modern-day L.A. Jonathan Herman is the most recent writer credited with work on the script after both Paul Attanasio and David Ayer have taken cracks at the material in the past. 

There is no timeframe on how quickly SCARFACE would get rolling towards production if Fuqua does come aboard, but, unlike many other tentpoles these days, Universal has been developing this reimagining for awhile now. It is certainly something they want to make and want to make well, so nothing about this feels rushed... and certainly the material has worked on two previous occasions, so Fuqua may be a step in the right direction to get the remake-weary audiences to be open-minded about the possibilities of a new SCARFACE.

 

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Extra Tidbit: The original SCARFACE was in 1932 from director Howard Hawks and starred Paul Muni. Al Pacino starred in Brian DePalma's remake in 1983.
Source: Deadline

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7:05PM on 08/11/2016

The Original is over rated

The Original was entertaining but it's not a movie I had to watch if it came on cable. I think I've seen it twice since it came out though I did buy the DVD.
The Original was entertaining but it's not a movie I had to watch if it came on cable. I think I've seen it twice since it came out though I did buy the DVD.
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1:20PM on 08/11/2016
Haha. You know, a Muslim immigrant won't make it very far in the criminal underworld. They can't be a bootlegger because they don't drink alcohol, they can't sell cocaine in mosques, and they're forbidden to gamble. At best some may open a 'contract marriage services', which is kind of a gray area between legal and prostitution. Other than that... Eh. Gun smugglers, I guess.
Haha. You know, a Muslim immigrant won't make it very far in the criminal underworld. They can't be a bootlegger because they don't drink alcohol, they can't sell cocaine in mosques, and they're forbidden to gamble. At best some may open a 'contract marriage services', which is kind of a gray area between legal and prostitution. Other than that... Eh. Gun smugglers, I guess.
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2:43PM on 08/11/2016
You''ve never seen A Prophet, have you? Do you know about the opium trade in Afghanistan that only ended when the Taliban took over (but after the American invasion, even they make money at it)? Also, true orthodox Muslims don't drink, but that's not necessarily true of all Muslims.
You''ve never seen A Prophet, have you? Do you know about the opium trade in Afghanistan that only ended when the Taliban took over (but after the American invasion, even they make money at it)? Also, true orthodox Muslims don't drink, but that's not necessarily true of all Muslims.
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12:30PM on 08/11/2016
Have Denzel play an African refugee with a very similar approach as to his character from Training Day and I am game!
Have Denzel play an African refugee with a very similar approach as to his character from Training Day and I am game!
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11:32AM on 08/11/2016
I've been one of the cautiously optimistic ones with this project. If Brian De Palma could take a stab at the Howard Hawkes classic and come away with the movie he did, why not someone else? Of course, a lot would ride on who they got to direct the thing. But HOLY HELL! ANTOINE FUQUA!? Sign me me up!
I've been one of the cautiously optimistic ones with this project. If Brian De Palma could take a stab at the Howard Hawkes classic and come away with the movie he did, why not someone else? Of course, a lot would ride on who they got to direct the thing. But HOLY HELL! ANTOINE FUQUA!? Sign me me up!
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10:41AM on 08/11/2016

No No No No No.



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6:15AM on 08/11/2016
Just waiting for the announcement that this time Scarface is a woman...
Just waiting for the announcement that this time Scarface is a woman...
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12:45AM on 08/11/2016
People often forget the 1983 Scarface is itself a remake of a 1932 film (same name) about an Italian immigrant who chases the American dream by becoming a notorious bootlegger in the 20's. I actually think Scarface is one of the few properties that SHOULD be remade every generation or so. Things change, but the American Dream and, unfortunately, the fear of dangerous immigrants and drugs will always be around.

This could be really topical. Make it about a Mexican immigrant dealing with
People often forget the 1983 Scarface is itself a remake of a 1932 film (same name) about an Italian immigrant who chases the American dream by becoming a notorious bootlegger in the 20's. I actually think Scarface is one of the few properties that SHOULD be remade every generation or so. Things change, but the American Dream and, unfortunately, the fear of dangerous immigrants and drugs will always be around.

This could be really topical. Make it about a Mexican immigrant dealing with meth/cartel violence/gun running. As someone pointed out below, an Islamic immigrant could be just as effective.

I know it's off topic and probably just as controversial, but I also think Forest Gump should get the reboot treatment in 15-20 years or so.
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10:21AM on 08/11/2016
In total agreement with this comment. Not sure I would go with a Mexican immigrant as it runs extremely close to the Cuban issues in the '83 version. But, I do like the idea of changing the scenario and making it topical with current events.
In total agreement with this comment. Not sure I would go with a Mexican immigrant as it runs extremely close to the Cuban issues in the '83 version. But, I do like the idea of changing the scenario and making it topical with current events.
11:35PM on 08/10/2016

F U

That's all I have to say regarding this... and I don't mean Felix Unger.
That's all I have to say regarding this... and I don't mean Felix Unger.
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11:19PM on 08/10/2016
They will NEVER match the 1983 version. Waste of time.
They will NEVER match the 1983 version. Waste of time.
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5:16AM on 08/11/2016
The '83 one is hardly perfect...
The '83 one is hardly perfect...
9:05PM on 08/10/2016
But y?
But y?
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7:30PM on 08/10/2016
Tears of the Sun was a Fuqua gem to me. Probably one of Bruce Willis' last great action movies.
Tears of the Sun was a Fuqua gem to me. Probably one of Bruce Willis' last great action movies.
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6:53PM on 08/10/2016
Although he'd be considered too old, and he's not Mexican, Benicio Del Toro would be great for this role. But since they want to show someone's rise and fall from power, a younger actor would be more ideal so I say go with Gael García Bernal as Scarface and Diego Luna as his best friend.
Although he'd be considered too old, and he's not Mexican, Benicio Del Toro would be great for this role. But since they want to show someone's rise and fall from power, a younger actor would be more ideal so I say go with Gael García Bernal as Scarface and Diego Luna as his best friend.
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5:05PM on 08/10/2016
Melissa McCarthy for Antonia Montana!
Melissa McCarthy for Antonia Montana!
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5:04PM on 08/10/2016
Make it topical. Make him a muslim immigrant. Yeah, Syrian Scarface... I dare you.
Make it topical. Make him a muslim immigrant. Yeah, Syrian Scarface... I dare you.
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4:18PM on 08/10/2016

Sigh*

Here we go again,...
Here we go again,...
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