As it pushes ahead in its attempt to craft yet another take on the immigration and crime tale that is Scarface, Universal has seen filmmakers come and filmmakers go. The studio might finally have found its man, saying yes to No director Pablo Larrain taking the reins.
According to The Wrap, this version of a tale told previously by Howard Hawks in 1932 and Brian De Palma in 1983 will focus on a Mexican arrival into the US who will go to any lengths to pursue the American Dream. His route is via the criminal underworld as he rises steadily through power and violence. The film will explore his physical and emotional wounds, and the role they had to play in making him the man he becomes. It's not yet clear whether anyone will say hello to anyone else's little friend.
David Yates had been considering taking the job before his Tarzan directorial duties got in the way, and David Ayer took a pass at the script. Paul Attanasio wrote the most recent draft, though Larrain, the Chilean-born talent who also made the film Tony Manero, may bring in fresh eyes. The search is also on for a Latino actor to take the lead, with the trawl expected to take in unknowns as well as the likes of Oscar Isaac and Michael Pena.