Scarface Remake is Coming

Rappers everywhere will soon have a new poster to add to the wall of their crib when the remake of seminal gangster movie Scarface comes out. Now they'll have to differentiate when pulling the DVD out of the case when MTV comes round, "Dis here Scarface... the original though not the remake."

Somewhat unbelievably, Universal are currently in talks with director David Yates to helm the project. If that name sort of vaguely rings a bell then what's wrong with you? He directed the last four Harry Potter movies! What are you, 8 years old? Those are for kids! (Except the last one which just seemed like a prolonged series of excuses dunk Emma Watson in water and then have a little look.)

Yates, who has been attached to all sorts of other films since Potter finished, is said to be pretty pleased with the current script, as are Universal themselves who've gone through several writers to get it to this point. 

Plot details are few and far between, but you can safely assume it'll be about a guy who starts off small and then gets bigger and bigger till it all goes horribly wrong. The current feeling is that while the 1983 Scarface focused on a Cuban main character, than the new version's protagonist will be Mexican instead and that the movie will be a more modern retelling of the tale. 

Some will say that you must never ever ever remake Scarface, but then those people don't realise that Al Pacino's Scarface was just a remake of the 1932 original (which was about an Italian, incidentally.)

If you're not familiar with the plot of either existing Scarface and can't be bothered to sit through two movies made before you were born, I suggest you play Grand Theft Auto Vice City. It's basically the same but with better music.

Words by Gazz Wood

Gazz Wood is a writer from The Northern Film School at Leeds Met University. As well as writing for Wireless he can also be heard on the monthly podcast Possibly of Interest with TV Producer Howard Cohen and special guests from the world of British TV and Cinema, plus his own weekly show Gazz Wood Has A Podcast