Sunday, 29 March 2015

Jonathan Herman rewriting new Scarface

While the idea risks the ire of anyone who has the image of Al Pacino as Tony Montana burned into their brains, Universal Pictures are firmly pushing ahead on a third stab at Scarface (1983), the tale of an immigrant to America chasing success by any means necessary. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that the studio has now hired Straight Outta Compton co-writer Jonathan Herman to take the latest crack at the script.

This latest version of the 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 Los Angeles 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.

Herman, who has also contributed script development on the studio's attempt to reboot Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), will be working on a screenplay that has already seen attempts by David Ayer (Fury) and, most recently, Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco), with Chilean director Pablo Larraín (No) set to call the shots. There is no word on who might inherit the lead role, but everyone involved will be aware they are competing with a movie which, while itself is a remake, has introduced iconic scenes and lines into cinematic history. Say hello to your huge pressure...

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