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Training Day writer David Ayer to write an updated version of Scarface

11.29.2011

I never realized how many people disliked Brian De Palma's SCARFACE until I saw that UNpopular Opinion column posted back in June. I'll admit it. I was one of those people who had a Scarface poster in their room. It was an art print made up different lines from the movie that ended up forming a relaxed Tony Montana against that tropical sunset wallpaper. I've since retired that print and my herbal refreshment but will always have a special place in my heart for it.

September was the last time we got any news on the mesh revisioning of the 1932 and 1983 versions of SCARFACE. Now it looks like a writer is finally attached to tackle this damn thing. TRAINING DAY scribe David Ayer will take both of the films and create something of a "contemporary crime context".

Ayer is looking forward to coming up with a marriage of the two, “This is a fantasy for me, I can still remember when I saw the film at 13 and it blew my mind. I sought it out; I went after it hard. I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino version and found some universal themes. I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but both films had a specificity of place, there was unapologetic violence, and a main character who socially scared the shit out of people, but who had his own moral code. Each was faithful to the underworld of its time. There are enough opportunities in the real world today that provide an opportunity to do this right. If it was just an attempt to remake the 1983 film, that would never work.”

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Source: Deadline

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8:29PM on 11/29/2011

I'm calling it right now

one of the big changes is the main character will be black.

if they were smart they'd do that, god knows the big reason why Scarface is such a cult classic/famous movie is because the hip-hop/black community took to it probably more than any other movie in history. Making the remake feature a black character would be a winning strategy for sure, in all seriousness and hell, why not -- that way it would at least be different enough of a Scarface movie to be a unique film, instead of everyone
one of the big changes is the main character will be black.

if they were smart they'd do that, god knows the big reason why Scarface is such a cult classic/famous movie is because the hip-hop/black community took to it probably more than any other movie in history. Making the remake feature a black character would be a winning strategy for sure, in all seriousness and hell, why not -- that way it would at least be different enough of a Scarface movie to be a unique film, instead of everyone doing the 'he's not as good as Pacino' thing which they will if he's white and cuban.
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10:25AM on 11/30/2011
Considering this will probably take place in L.A., Ayers' home turf, maybe he'll be black, or Mexican, or Korean, or some white ethnic guy, no telling at this point. But his name will be Tony.
Considering this will probably take place in L.A., Ayers' home turf, maybe he'll be black, or Mexican, or Korean, or some white ethnic guy, no telling at this point. But his name will be Tony.
9:14PM on 11/29/2011
Stick a fork in it. Hollywood's done.

It's time for some fresh, new, creative talent to take over Lala Land
Stick a fork in it. Hollywood's done.

It's time for some fresh, new, creative talent to take over Lala Land
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9:21PM on 11/29/2011
Wondering when Citizen Kane will get an "updated remake" in the form of a YouTube prodigy turned celebrity blogger turned political activist.

Only a matter of time at this rate.
Wondering when Citizen Kane will get an "updated remake" in the form of a YouTube prodigy turned celebrity blogger turned political activist.

Only a matter of time at this rate.
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9:31PM on 11/29/2011
And as the #1 fan of the ORIGINAL original film starring Paul Muni, my thoughts are...meh, maybe this'll be okay.
And as the #1 fan of the ORIGINAL original film starring Paul Muni, my thoughts are...meh, maybe this'll be okay.
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1:19AM on 11/30/2011

"If it was just an attempt to remake the 1983 film, that would never work.

The best thing he could have ever said.
The best thing he could have ever said.
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10:22AM on 11/30/2011
I like that he's taking into consideration the Howard Hawkes movie as well. I'm not opposed to a remake of "Scarface," since it is itself a remake. I'm against a remake of the '83 "Scarface" because that's missing the universal themes of the story.
I like that he's taking into consideration the Howard Hawkes movie as well. I'm not opposed to a remake of "Scarface," since it is itself a remake. I'm against a remake of the '83 "Scarface" because that's missing the universal themes of the story.
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