With The Magnificent Seven just about to hit theaters, director Antoine Fuqua is already prepping for his next film. The Training Day and Equalizer director’s next project is a remake of the classic 1980s film Scarface. The Brian De Palma classic itself is a remake of the original film from 1932 and helped make Al Pacino a household name with his rags to riches tale of Cuban immigrant Tony Montana as he arrived in America with nothing in his pocket and ends up a major drug kingpin. It has been known that the new film will take place in Los Angeles instead of Miami and will deal with a rag-to-riches tale similar to the classic film. In a world of endless remakes, Fuqua believes that now is the right time to make yet another remake of Scarface.
“I read the script they have and it’s actually really interesting and very timely…We’re dealing with a lot of stuff now coming out of Mexico. And again, we still have those issues dealing with the “American Dream”, and the fact that the game is rigged, right? It’s not really an even playing field, but the promise is that it is. The promise is that everyone gets a fair shot, but that’s not always the case. So that’s always relevant, and right now with what’s happening in Mexico, which is where [the main character] comes from — he comes out of Mexico — that’s relevant, especially when you’ve got people talking about putting up walls and other kinds of stuff. We’re still dealing with immigration, we’re still dealing with what would turn someone into Scarface.”
Based on his info, we now can confirm that the film will deal with Mexican instead of Cubans coming to this country in search of achieving the American dream by any means necessary. Fuqua states that in the process of achieving the American Dream, what are you willing to do and how far will are you willing to go.
“They all leave these small countries, and it’s hard to become Scarface unless you’re someone like El Chapo…It’s hard to become that guy in America. But what happens when you have a guy who has that same appetite and the doors keep getting shut in his face? What happens when he only knows one thing, for sure — which is how to go and take it? I just think being disenfranchised is dangerous. When people are disenfranchised and delusional, it’s just dangerous. I think it’s more relevant than ever right now, and it can be extremely entertaining. So we’ll see.”
Given our current political climate, this take on Scarface should be rather interesting as to see how “real world” the story may possibly get.