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No director Pablo Larrain in talks to helm Scarface remake for Universal

Mar. 25, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Yes, Universal is still developing a SCARFACE remake, and the studio may have found their director for the movie. The Wrap has learned Pablo Larrain is in negotiations to direct the remake. Larrain is a Chilean filmmaker who has directed four movies, and his last film NO was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.

According to the site's source, "Larrain really connected to the material and, as someone who has never worked within the Hollywood studio system, he brought an outsider perspective that allowed him to relate to the main character and his narrative."

So how will this SCARFACE be different from the 1932 and 1983 versions? The Wrap also has some details on the plans for the film. They say the movie will be a, "more mythic origin story that explores where Tony's physical and emotional wounds come from and how they shaped him as a man." Tony's last name won't be Montana or Camonte like it was in the other two movies, and he'll be Mexican. While the other versions were set in Chicago and Miami, the new film will apparently take place in modern day Los Angeles.

The producers still need to find an actor to play Tony, and they are, "Open to casting a complete unknown in the name of authenticity."

I can understand why many fans will want nothing to do with the remake, but Pablo Larrain is a very interesting choice to direct SCARFACE. If Larrain really connected with the material like the site's source claims, maybe it won't be a complete disaster.

Source: The Wrap

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9:31AM on 03/25/2014

Not fan of remakes but...


Oddly, I really want to see this one.... I think the story of Scarface is an american dream-tale that can fit for every decade, so why not a remake in L. A. with a mexican ????
I hope Al PAcino will have a cameo, that would be awesome !

Oddly, I really want to see this one.... I think the story of Scarface is an american dream-tale that can fit for every decade, so why not a remake in L. A. with a mexican ????
I hope Al PAcino will have a cameo, that would be awesome !
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9:37AM on 03/25/2014
Saw both versions anyone who does it again has big shoes to fill I am not sure about showing Tony's past I think that's going to be difficult why do all these icons need back stories now it just ruins the whole thing
Saw both versions anyone who does it again has big shoes to fill I am not sure about showing Tony's past I think that's going to be difficult why do all these icons need back stories now it just ruins the whole thing
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9:45AM on 03/25/2014
Remake of a remake of a remake. Why?
Remake of a remake of a remake. Why?
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9:50AM on 03/25/2014

Even though this film is Blasphemy....

It would fucking hilarious to see Al Pacino play an Alternate Version of an Old Tony Montana...Just to here that accent again LOL...but fuck this film other wise.
It would fucking hilarious to see Al Pacino play an Alternate Version of an Old Tony Montana...Just to here that accent again LOL...but fuck this film other wise.
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9:51AM on 03/25/2014
Hear
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9:53AM on 03/25/2014

Bad Idea

I understand the new Hollywood regime that's running the show now has no original ideas anymore so they need to remake everything in sight. I had thought that since I haven't heard anything about remaking classics like 'The Godfather' movies and 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Scarface' that they, at least, knew enough to leave them alone, seems I was wrong. I think this is a big mistake, I don't think it should be done. It's fine to remake something that didn't work the first time, maybe get a different
I understand the new Hollywood regime that's running the show now has no original ideas anymore so they need to remake everything in sight. I had thought that since I haven't heard anything about remaking classics like 'The Godfather' movies and 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Scarface' that they, at least, knew enough to leave them alone, seems I was wrong. I think this is a big mistake, I don't think it should be done. It's fine to remake something that didn't work the first time, maybe get a different perspective on it or a modern twist, but to remake something that is still a classic is blasphemy. Very Bad Idea!!!
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10:40AM on 03/25/2014
I'm assuming you're a big an of Howard Hawks' classic with Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, and George Raft. Because the De Palma movie was a remake of that, and therefore is not sacred.
I'm assuming you're a big an of Howard Hawks' classic with Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, and George Raft. Because the De Palma movie was a remake of that, and therefore is not sacred.
9:57AM on 03/25/2014

As Wayne would say

'WHY GOD, WHYYYYYYY? "
'WHY GOD, WHYYYYYYY? "
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9:59AM on 03/25/2014
Let's just remake GOD while we're at it!!! I'm sure he won't be mad!!!

Stupid bastards
Let's just remake GOD while we're at it!!! I'm sure he won't be mad!!!

Stupid bastards
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10:18AM on 03/25/2014
Hooray! Another senseless remake.
Hooray! Another senseless remake.
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10:35AM on 03/25/2014
This is maybe the first time I'm a little worried about the remake. Now, I haven't seen No, nor am I familiar with Larrain's work. But he's a first-time English-language director. That in and of itself makes me suspicious of the quality, because he'll be coming into the Hollywood system as cheap labor (even if he does have his own ideas about the subject). Whoever they cast as Tony, even if it is an unknown, let them at least be a trained actor, someone who could play larger-than-life without
This is maybe the first time I'm a little worried about the remake. Now, I haven't seen No, nor am I familiar with Larrain's work. But he's a first-time English-language director. That in and of itself makes me suspicious of the quality, because he'll be coming into the Hollywood system as cheap labor (even if he does have his own ideas about the subject). Whoever they cast as Tony, even if it is an unknown, let them at least be a trained actor, someone who could play larger-than-life without feeling like this is the only thing they can do. I still refrain from calling this a bad idea, because two classic versions already exist (even if the 1983 version is more of a cult phenomenon).
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11:13AM on 03/25/2014

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Are you serious? April is next week,...!!!
Are you serious? April is next week,...!!!
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11:14AM on 03/25/2014

just saying

After Alvarez with Evil Dead and Padilha with RoboCop it seems to be something going on in Hollywood with latin american directors and 80s classics remakes....
After Alvarez with Evil Dead and Padilha with RoboCop it seems to be something going on in Hollywood with latin american directors and 80s classics remakes....
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11:34AM on 03/25/2014

A Scarface remake with a Mexican in LA starring

Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo
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11:36AM on 03/25/2014
But being Al Pacino was an Italian playing a Cuban....I say cast Michael B. Jordan as a Mexican
But being Al Pacino was an Italian playing a Cuban....I say cast Michael B. Jordan as a Mexican
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12:11PM on 03/25/2014

Anthology series - or remake?

I mean they are not going to mimic the lines and tell the exact same tale are they? Like Robocop was a remake - it had similar music, some of the lines were straight from the old movie etc. But for Scarface - the name may be used as some kind of anthology series for a man willing to do anything to achieve the American dream (or his perception of it). Kind of like what Halloween was supposed to be, just a gangster version.
That being said, I would give it a chance, but the Pacino Scarface is
I mean they are not going to mimic the lines and tell the exact same tale are they? Like Robocop was a remake - it had similar music, some of the lines were straight from the old movie etc. But for Scarface - the name may be used as some kind of anthology series for a man willing to do anything to achieve the American dream (or his perception of it). Kind of like what Halloween was supposed to be, just a gangster version.
That being said, I would give it a chance, but the Pacino Scarface is one of my favorite films, so I doubt it will be as good.
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1:05PM on 03/25/2014

I've seen a lot of Larrain's work.

The movies FUGA, TONY MANERO and POST MORTEM were very slow and melancholic. The cinematography was very gray. NO was more mainstream and experimental at the same time (the way it was filmed to look like a cheap '80s video). But the TV show PROFUGOS (not coincidentally about drug dealing and criminal fugitives) has been praised for its action sequences "24" style (and Chile doesn't usually have blockbusters). It's slow and gray too, but in a suspenseful way.

Now, I haven't seen the '80s
The movies FUGA, TONY MANERO and POST MORTEM were very slow and melancholic. The cinematography was very gray. NO was more mainstream and experimental at the same time (the way it was filmed to look like a cheap '80s video). But the TV show PROFUGOS (not coincidentally about drug dealing and criminal fugitives) has been praised for its action sequences "24" style (and Chile doesn't usually have blockbusters). It's slow and gray too, but in a suspenseful way.

Now, I haven't seen the '80s movie because I've just found the '30s movie. Until then, maybe you all can tell me if Larrain's style seems right for the material? Or you can watch subtitled trailers of his projects on YouTube? Here they are:

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