Universal Pictures is gearing up to bring a new take on the legend of Scarface to the screens with Antoine Fuqua (center) taking the helm.
The original 1932 film starred Paul Muni (left) as Tony Camonte, an Italian immigrant who became a mobster and gun-runner.Of course, the version most fans are familiar with is that of 1983, which starred Al Pacino (right) as Cuban immigrant Tony Montana, who turned to the world of drug dealing.
For what can be dubbed Scarface 3.0, Fuqua says the new film will revolve around a Mexican immigrant who turns to the world of crime after the American Dream fails:
“I read the script they have and it’s actually really interesting and very timely,” Fuqua said. “We’re dealing with a lot of stuff now coming out of Mexico. And again, we still have those issues dealing with the ‘American Dream,’ and the fact that the game is rigged, right? It’s not really an even playing field, but the promise is that it is. The promise is that everyone gets a fair shot, but that’s not always the case. So that’s always relevant, and right now with what’s happening in Mexico, which is where [the main character] comes from — he comes out of Mexico — that’s relevant, especially when you’ve got people talking about putting up walls and other kinds of stuff. We’re still dealing with immigration, we’re still dealing with what would turn someone into Scarface.”
They all leave these small countries, and it’s hard to become Scarface unless you’re someone like El Chapo,” he said. “It’s hard to become that guy in America. But what happens when you have a guy who has that same appetite and the doors keep getting shut in his face? What happens when he only knows one thing for sure — which is how to go and take it? I just think being disenfranchised is dangerous. When people are disenfranchised and delusional, it’s just dangerous. I think it’s more relevant than ever right now, and it can be extremely entertaining. So we’ll see.”
The film is in development with casting set to begin shortly. Perhaps the new Scarface will be seen in 2018.