The Universal Pictures Scarface remake has landed Paul Attanasio as its screenwriter, who is poised to rework an original draft by End of Watch’s David Ayer. The project, fostered by producers Martyn Bregman and Marc Shmuger, is touted to be a modern day take on previous Scarface big screen outings, the 1932 and 1983 films.
Attanasio, known for his work on the TV series House, will take the reins on the greasy, gun-toting criminal mastermind, Tony Montana – made popular by Al Pacino in the 1983 picture. This upcoming reboot, as reported over at Deadline, is scheduled to be a combination of elements from both existing versions without being classed a strict remake (but we’ll call it that anyway).
The studio has revealed little else about the project but there is plenty of scope for this makeover to transplant the criminal kingpin’s story to an entirely different set of circumstances, i.e. Romeo and Juliet masquerading as West Side Story. It could bypass the crime underbelly and repurpose the infamous Pacino line “Say hello to my little friend” in a light-hearted sex rom-com. Sure, it’s unlikely, but we can always dream, right?
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