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David Yates In Talks For New Scarface
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01 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Given that the Scarface story has already successfully surfaced twice on screens – once in Howard Hawks’ 1932 Chicago bootlegging drama and again in 1983 via Brian De Palma, Oliver Stone and Al Pacino’s Tony Montana – you might be forgiven for wondering why Universal feels it needs another shot. Yet the studio clearly believes a new generation deserves its criminal kingpin and has Harry Potter veteran David Yates in talks to direct.

Details are still sketchy on what meat will be added to the skeleton story of someone looking to achieve their American Dream via violent, criminal means, and Universal has apparently been working with various writers to find the right 21st century milieu. David Ayer was the last name to crop up, which made us think it could focus on LA gangs. But with all the chopping, changing and secrecy, the latest take could focus on anything from cyber hackery to immigration and beyond.

The studio is reportedly excited by the current draft, which explains why Yates has now been approached. He’s drifted between potential projects like a wraith since finishing his tenure at Hogwarts, so Scarface could be the project that finally sees him settle.


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I Bury You, Motherf***kers!
Universal wanted to release a version of De Palma's Scarface with a hip-hop soundtrack, De Palma refused. Have a guess where that idea is going now? Yep. Black Scarface, probably Fiddy Cent shooting up the ghetto. More

Posted by BenTramer at 20:42 on 01 August 2013 | Report This Post

Oh for heaven's sake... NO!
Stop remaking every film that doesn't need to be (nor should be) remade! What's next? A remake of "THE GODFATHER" with VINNIE JONES as DON VITO CORLEONE?!! More

Posted by madboynutter at 18:21 on 01 August 2013 | Report This Post

Another pointless remake in the making
I never liked David Yates in the first place. His direction to the last four HARRY POTTER films was dull and now he's going to tarnished the memory of Brian De Palma and Al Pacino 1983 classic with an updated version. It just goes to show you that Yates is really a studio director and a bland one at that. More

Posted by bb at 17:47 on 01 August 2013 | Report This Post

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