I love Antoine Fuqua. I think he’s an incredibly underrated filmmaker, and even his poorer efforts are watchable and mostly entertaining. The Magnificent Seven looks terrific too.
But now, it seems Antoine Fuqua has caught the remake bug, and is interested in remaking Brian De Palma’s 1983 exercise in brilliant excess, Scarface… which was a remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks film. According to Deadline, Fuqua’s take on the story would march in line with the previous two incantations: immigrant arrives in America and climbs to the top of the criminal underworld, and so on and so forth. The Hawks version took place in Chicago, De Palma’s in the fluorescent-soaked hedonism of Miami; Fuqua’s will head out west and take place in contemporary Los Angeles.
The screenplay for this new Scarface is in its infant stages, with Straight Outta Compton‘s Jonathan Herman, Donnie Brasco‘s Paul Attanasio, and David Ayer working on the first draft.
Of course, we don’t need another Scarface, but the story at the center of both the Hawks film and the De Palma film have inched towards some form of universality over the years. It’s a tale as old as, say, a band of lawmen and outcasts (like, seven) uniting to fight on the behalf of helpless townsfolk. So, in that regard, it’s not the worst remake idea, and I can see why Fuqua would be sniffing around the project.
And no matter what, the finished product will be entertaining. Could be great, could be not so great, but it will definitely be watchable.