After 37 years, Al Pacino starrer Scarface is still an ultimate cult-favorite. However, studios and producers have been trying hard to make a remake for years. Finally, it seems that it might become a reality. But the question stands, do we need a Scarface remake?
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While people remember the 1983 version for its star power, the Scarface was released in 1932
The 1932 version of the film is loosely based on Armitage Trail’s novel inspired by Al Capone. When Al Pacino saw the original film, he wanted to recreate it. Therefore, he, along with producer Martin Bregman, began to develop it. Directed by Brian De Palma, the screenplay was written by Oliver Stone. Apart from Al Pacino, the cast included Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Robert Loggia. The story revolved around the rise and fall of a Cuban ex-convict who makes in big the drug dealing business. At the time of its release, Scarface received mixed reviews. However, since then, the film has become a cult film and referenced in pop culture very frequently.
Since 2011, the news of Scarface remake are circulating the internet
Initially, Universal Studios wanted a Scarface remake with elements from 1932 and 1983 films. It was also reported that David Yates will direct the film. However, in 2014, Pablo Larrain was in talks to direct a modern-day take on the story. Two years later, Antoine Fuqua was attached to the film along with Diego Luna as the leading man of Scarface remake. The film was supposed to be released in 2018. However, Fuqua and Luna both left the project and Coen Brothers took over the script. As of today, the script is still being written by Coen Brothers but Luca Guadagnino, the director of Call Me By Your Name, has taken over the director’s chair.
But do we need a Scarface remake or the film should remain untouched?
In my opinion, a Scarface remake seems a bit unnecessary. If something is as close to perfect, why touch it? While there are incredibly talented actors, no one can recreate the magic of Tony Montana as Al Pacino did. Apart from that, sometimes it feels good to revisit the films from the past. With the overload of content, it feels like a breath of fresh air to re-watch our favorite old films. It feels like revisiting an old friend and reliving the memories. While the remakes may seem more polished and reformed, they lack the feel of original films. Moreover, the audience has changed over the years with a completely different taste in films. It is possible that the Scarface remake might not work with the younger viewers. Having said that, if Coen Brothers keep all the factors in mind and add something relevant to the present, the film will be a hit. However, it would be interesting to see who they cast as Tony Montana.