Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
The Perfect Night In
Great Movies From Warner Bros.
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Kenneth Branagh Boards Artemis Fowl Adaptation For Disney
Playwright Conor McPherson is in talks to write a new script
Theo Rossi Cast In Marvel/Netflix's Luke Cage
Sons Of Anarchy actor may be Shades
Jack Reacher 2 Set For Autumn 2016
The sequel takes aim at an October release in the US
New Poster For Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies
Hanks Over Troubled Water
Mississippi Grind Trailer Bets On Drama
Ben Mendelsohn's struggling poker veteran needs help from Ryan Reynolds
Alex Kingston Headed Back To Doctor Who
River Song will meet Peter Capaldi for Christmas
Tatiana Maslany Is A Contender For Star Wars: Episode VIII
Olivia Cooke and Gina Rodriguez also in the casting mix
Hugh Bonneville Enters Viceroy's House
In Gurinder Chadha's Mountbatten biopic
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
04 May 2015
David Ayer Posts A First Look At The Suicide Squad Cast In Costume
First a Joker. Now a bunch of goons...
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Manglehorn (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Danny Collins (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Fury (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Salomé
Empire Star Rating
Wilde Salomé
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

David Ayer Writing The New Scarface
For Universal's latest update

29 November 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

David Ayer Writing The New Scarface

You might recall that, back in September, Universal decided to risk the wrath of the anti idea-recycling crowd by announcing that it was going to take another shot at Scarface, which has been brought to the screen twice already. Back then, only producer Martin Bregman (who helped usher Brian De Palma’s 1983 Al Pacino version to cinemas) was attached, busily meeting with writers to find a fresh take. Well, he’s found one in the shape of David Ayer.

The man who wrote Training Day and Dark Blue and has since gone on to write and direct Harsh Times, Street Kings and the upcoming End Of Watch knows a thing or two about criminal types and violent corruption, and chased the job: “This is a fantasy for me, I can still remember when I saw the film at 13 and it blew my mind,” he tells Deadline. “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 De Palma-Pacino version and found some universal themes.”

But though he thinks he’s found the themes, he still hasn’t cracked his own take on it just yet. “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.”

There’s no word yet on whether Ayer will direct what he writes, but chances are Universal might offer him the gig if the studio likes his script…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Mad Max First In A Trilogy?
George Miller has big plans
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

'Why remake a perfect film?' You realize the Pacino film is a remake right? More

Posted by Piles at 18:34 on 02 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
POINTLESS! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:09 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

I'm going to go out on a limb here & say it will be set in South Central LA & feature corrupt cops... More

Posted by BudBaxter at 12:22 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

Sure I'll watch it...but why remake a perfect film? This kind of thing never plays out well for directors! Still, like I said, I'll watch it and probably love it. More

Posted by Cyberleader at 11:45 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Wes Craven: Film By Film
Empire celebrates the late, great horror director

My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)