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'No' Director Pablo Larrain Says Yes To Helming 'Scarface' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 2:28 PM
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We always knew the "Scarface" remake was coming, with Universal developing the project for a few years now. But we weren't expecting Pablo Larrain to be the one to bring this new vision of gangsterism to the multiplex.

Retrospective: The Films of Brian De Palma

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2013 1:52 PM
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Few film directors are as polarizing as Brian De Palma, whose new film, the already argued-over "Passion," opens this week (read our review from Venice here). Hailed by some as an American visionary and a modern master of suspense, capable of gorgeously realized visual feats, De Palma is derided by others as a overtly referential hack who has based almost his entire career on a single trick: ripping off Alfred Hitchcock. But as "Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible," the new scholarly text on the director by Chris Dumas, points out, this divisiveness is at least partially his own doing. De Palma is a director who once claimed that he wanted to be "the American Godard" and talked openly about "the revolution" on national television (fun fact: he was once shot by a cop), yet went on to create fizzy popcorn entertainments that were occasionally boycotted for their perceived misogyny (at least two of his movies spawned honest-to-god, organized revolts).

David Yates Embraces The Power & Money Of Directing The 'Scarface' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 9:17 AM
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It would appear that "Harry Potter" franchise director David Yates has a gangster itch he really wants to scratch. You might recall that the helmer has long been attached to the Al Capone movie "Cicero" over at Warner Bros., that has Tom Hardy to set to star. Earlier this year, development on that picture continued as Tom Shepherd was brought in write a new draft of the script, first penned by Walon Green (”The Wild Bunch,” “Sorcerer,” “The Brink’s Job”) and later rewritten by Yates. But could the director now be jumping ship to another studio for a remake based on the life of Al Capone?

Watch: 36-Minute Discussion Of 'Scarface' With Al Pacino, Brian De Palma & Oliver Stone Plus 1983 Behind-The-Scenes Special

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 8, 2013 11:25 AM
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Ludicrous machismo and the American Dream were never the same once Brian De Palma's “Scarface” landed in 1983, carving shocking setpieces and Tony Montana catchphrases into the surface of pop culture like a reckless chainsaw. But as with any landmark film like De Palma's, it's a worth a look backward; as a series of extended interviews and making-of clips show, the project's roots were hesitant, unknown, and slowly ushered forward into the eventual iconic result.

The New 'Scarface' Will Reportedly Be Mexican & The Film Set Among Drug Cartels

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2012 5:24 PM
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Oh right, the "Scarface" remake/reboot/whatever. This has been percolating in a slow cooker: first announced in the fall of 2011 with David Ayer hired to write the first draft, and nearly a year later, the project got some fresh blood as "Donnie Brasco" scribe Paul Attanasio came on to pen a new script. But other details on the project remained under lock and key, most notably, just how this film would differ from the 1932 and 1983 movies. Well, it seems we now know.
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'Donnie Brasco' Writer Paul Attanasio Latest To Tackle Universal's 'Scarface' Update

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 17, 2012 9:57 AM
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Despite already striking gold with two films -- the 1932 Howard Hawks-helmed original and the equally iconic Brian De Palma 1983 remake -- Universal decided last year to attempt another update of the classic “Scarface” story. While David Ayer was the first name attached to pen the script, a new scribe has been brought in to rewrite the film.

First You Get The Money, Then You Get David Ayer & Then You Get A 'Scarface' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 7:17 PM
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First announced a couple of months ago, many hoped Universal's attempt to reboot their "Scarface" franchise would fall to the wayside, but it seems they are quite serious about not only making it happen, but getting it ready sooner than we thought. Following in the footsteps of Oliver Stone, Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks is...David Ayer. Deadline reports he's been tasked with writing the screenplay for the upcoming film.

Universal Wants You To Say Hello To Their Little Friend, A New 'Scarface' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 12:36 PM
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You can pretty much feel the change in thinking over at Universal with this bit of news. After spending the last year or so cancelling a plethora of potentially risky projects (“At the Mountains of Madness,” “Memphis,” “In the Heights,” “The Dark Tower,” “Clue,” “Ouija,” “Wicked Lovely”) and currently smarting from some less than stellar box office returns for films like “Your Highness,” “The Change-Up” and “Cowboys & Aliens” this year, it seems the studio is sticking with brands that they know. And one of their biggest catalog titles is "Scarface," and since there are only so many times you can reissue that thing on DVD and BluRay (the most recent upgrade just came out a couple of weeks ago) they are just gonna go ahead and make a new movie.

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