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Could Harry Potter director David Yates be the man to remake Scarface?

Aug. 1, 2013by: Paul Shirey

First you get da money. Den, you get da remake.

Universal has been gestating a remake of SCARFACE for a while now, developing it "quietly" so as not to enrage a fanbase that worships both the 1932 original or the 1983 remake, directed by Brian DePalma. So, just where are they in the process of developing a new iteration? According to Deadline, they're very close:

“Universal has been through a couple of drafts and now is very high on the current draft. The first stop is the director. This is before any conversations on talent or timing.”

The director the studio is courting at the moment is none other than David Yates, who helmed the final four HARRY POTTER films and is currently shooting ST. NAZAIRE, a British WWII film. Prior to POTTER, Yates was a fairly prolific TV director, but burst onto the scene with his strong, epic-scope style with the famous franchise. One could say that he'd be able to "write his own ticket" at this point.

Script details of the new SCARFACE are unknown, but one can expect a "fresh" take that will likely be a contemporary-set film with some sort of angle, as was the case for DePalma's version, which turned a Chicago bootlegger into a Cuban drug dealer. Personally, I think Yates could handle the gig, although I'd much rather see his talents back in the franchise department, where his skills are best utilized. However, after spending five years in POTTER-land, I'm sure he's looking for a change of pace.

Do you think Yates would be up to task for a SCARFACE remake? If not him, then who?

Extra Tidbit: Hard to believe that Scarface is 30 years old now. Crazy.
Source: Deadline

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3:28AM on 08/02/2013
could I care less?
could I care less?
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10:14PM on 08/01/2013

I wont see this remake

I do not care who is up for directing the remake, it shouldnt be done...but hey why am I getting upset? This is Hollywood..where remaking nearly everything is the name of the game. It would be nice if they stopped remaking classics for once....remake the thousands of "bad" movies that are out there instead.
I do not care who is up for directing the remake, it shouldnt be done...but hey why am I getting upset? This is Hollywood..where remaking nearly everything is the name of the game. It would be nice if they stopped remaking classics for once....remake the thousands of "bad" movies that are out there instead.
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3:27AM on 08/02/2013
Thankyou slick, thankyou
Thankyou slick, thankyou
2:50PM on 08/01/2013
I don't like remaking this masterpiece.can't imagine anyone as Tony Montana other than pacino.Tarantino -Johnny depp/Leo dicaprio will be the right persons to do this remake
I don't like remaking this masterpiece.can't imagine anyone as Tony Montana other than pacino.Tarantino -Johnny depp/Leo dicaprio will be the right persons to do this remake
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1:39PM on 08/01/2013
One might argue that thirty years is too soon. I am not against this remake in principle, and am actually a bit intrigued to see what way they go with it. Bootlegging was the cocaine of its time, but looking back the two seem so different.

The 1983 movie is enough of a cultural touchstone to wonder if this is a smart idea. It wouldn't be out of place for the remake to reference the De Palma movie just to acknowledge Tony Montana's inspiration for gang culture.

Right now, what would be the
One might argue that thirty years is too soon. I am not against this remake in principle, and am actually a bit intrigued to see what way they go with it. Bootlegging was the cocaine of its time, but looking back the two seem so different.

The 1983 movie is enough of a cultural touchstone to wonder if this is a smart idea. It wouldn't be out of place for the remake to reference the De Palma movie just to acknowledge Tony Montana's inspiration for gang culture.

Right now, what would be the vice of choice? Meth? Oxy? Junk bonds? Scarface has always been an American story, too. Maybe black, maybe Hispanic, maybe Russian mafia. Or maybe some cross-cultural age-of-Obama type. Mixing it with south-of-the-border violence wouldn't be wrong, either. But keep it in America. Just, maybe a new city.
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12:54PM on 08/01/2013
Eh, the first one sucked so very much, so I don't care....Hell, this one my actually be better. Well that won't be a hard to accomplish at all.
Eh, the first one sucked so very much, so I don't care....Hell, this one my actually be better. Well that won't be a hard to accomplish at all.
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1:19PM on 08/01/2013
You mean the second one, right?
You mean the second one, right?
2:17PM on 08/01/2013
No, the first one as in the first remake....Are you trying to make me look like an ass?...Hoping you did?
No, the first one as in the first remake....Are you trying to make me look like an ass?...Hoping you did?
2:36PM on 08/01/2013
You seem to be doing a fine job of it on your own. "The first one" to me also was taken as "the original movie" (aka the 1932 version).
You seem to be doing a fine job of it on your own. "The first one" to me also was taken as "the original movie" (aka the 1932 version).
12:42PM on 08/01/2013

Another waste of time

This is such b&llshit. Why cant they just leave these classics alone. Every remake so far has been shit youd think the studios would get the point.
This is such b&llshit. Why cant they just leave these classics alone. Every remake so far has been shit youd think the studios would get the point.
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12:55PM on 08/01/2013
Oceans 11?....And this is not a classic.
Oceans 11?....And this is not a classic.
3:24AM on 08/02/2013
Using the ocean films as an example isnt going to help your arguement.
Using the ocean films as an example isnt going to help your arguement.
12:41PM on 08/01/2013
This is a train crash waiting to happen.
This is a train crash waiting to happen.
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12:38PM on 08/01/2013

i hope its a "hood remake"

every rapper ever will be fighting for the starring role.
every rapper ever will be fighting for the starring role.
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12:16PM on 08/01/2013

One final note ...

While I understand that the Pacino version is technically a remake it's much more of a re-imagining.

I'm ok with another film like it, just go a different way with a new story. If the new film says "Say hello to my little friend!" that's bullshit.
While I understand that the Pacino version is technically a remake it's much more of a re-imagining.

I'm ok with another film like it, just go a different way with a new story. If the new film says "Say hello to my little friend!" that's bullshit.
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12:14PM on 08/01/2013

Doesn't need to be remade!!!!

I don't understand why you would remake one of the most classic films and allow a reinterpretation of one of Pacino's greatest performances. Why can't you just digitally remaster the film and re-release it? I'm sure there is some footage that didn't make the original. There is only one Tony and it's Al Pacino.
I don't understand why you would remake one of the most classic films and allow a reinterpretation of one of Pacino's greatest performances. Why can't you just digitally remaster the film and re-release it? I'm sure there is some footage that didn't make the original. There is only one Tony and it's Al Pacino.
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1:03PM on 08/01/2013
One of his greatest performances?...He was damn cheesy and fake. And this is in no way a classic.
One of his greatest performances?...He was damn cheesy and fake. And this is in no way a classic.
12:10PM on 08/01/2013
David Yates is about as middle-of-the-road as he looks. You don't give 'Scarface' to a "safe" director.
David Yates is about as middle-of-the-road as he looks. You don't give 'Scarface' to a "safe" director.
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11:59AM on 08/01/2013
Wow! People are botching about this movie being remade! Shocker! Meanwhile the Al Pacino version was a remake...
Wow! People are botching about this movie being remade! Shocker! Meanwhile the Al Pacino version was a remake...
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11:45AM on 08/01/2013
I'm actually thinking of Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, specifically the Benicio Del Toro segment. If the remake can have that kind of atmosphere, it might work.
I'm actually thinking of Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, specifically the Benicio Del Toro segment. If the remake can have that kind of atmosphere, it might work.
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11:40AM on 08/01/2013

I'm with Roy Batty

This should be about a Mexican cartel lord or something south of the border and should only touch on the continental United States. Think Don Eladio of Breaking Bad (the irony of Steven Bauer's connections notwithstanding)
This should be about a Mexican cartel lord or something south of the border and should only touch on the continental United States. Think Don Eladio of Breaking Bad (the irony of Steven Bauer's connections notwithstanding)
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11:39AM on 08/01/2013
The person who came up with the idea to remake this should have a visit from Tony Montana, in a shower, with a chainsaw.
The person who came up with the idea to remake this should have a visit from Tony Montana, in a shower, with a chainsaw.
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11:38AM on 08/01/2013

Another Remake?

I'm pretty tired of the remake machine. But, it is what makes money in Hollywood, so I guess I'm stuck with them.
I'm pretty tired of the remake machine. But, it is what makes money in Hollywood, so I guess I'm stuck with them.
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11:38AM on 08/01/2013

What would it be about today?

This feels like a story out of time with our current environment. I'm not saying there aren't drug dealers making $5 million a week, living in mansions. But it's different today. It just is. I don't see how this could truly be remade.
One more thing: Al Pacino was ROBBED. Not even a nomination for this role? He disappears into this character. I honestly don't see Pacino in this movie. I see Tony Montana, who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Pacino.
This feels like a story out of time with our current environment. I'm not saying there aren't drug dealers making $5 million a week, living in mansions. But it's different today. It just is. I don't see how this could truly be remade.
One more thing: Al Pacino was ROBBED. Not even a nomination for this role? He disappears into this character. I honestly don't see Pacino in this movie. I see Tony Montana, who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Pacino.
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11:38AM on 08/01/2013
I'm not the biggest fan of the DePalma movie but this idea of remaking Scarface is ridiculous.
I'm not the biggest fan of the DePalma movie but this idea of remaking Scarface is ridiculous.
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11:38AM on 08/01/2013
Why are they remaking Scarface? Is nothing sacred no more?
Why are they remaking Scarface? Is nothing sacred no more?
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11:30AM on 08/01/2013
Ugh remakes of remakes
Ugh remakes of remakes
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11:25AM on 08/01/2013
If it acts completely independent from the other remake (Pacino's was indeed a loose remake), then I don't have a problem with this project--especially if the focus this time around is a Mexican or European immigrant.
If it acts completely independent from the other remake (Pacino's was indeed a loose remake), then I don't have a problem with this project--especially if the focus this time around is a Mexican or European immigrant.
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