Scarface director Luca Guadagnino has addressed his upcoming film and dove into the nature of remakes and how this one will reflect modern times.
The Scarface franchise is one that is incredibly iconic despite having only two real installments. The original film was released in 1932 and told the story of mobster Antonio “Tony” Camonte rise through the ranks of Chicago’s organized crime and was loosely based on the story of Al Capone. Perhaps better known is the 1983 remake starring Al Pachino which told the story of the rise and fall drug lord Tony Montana.
For some time now a remake has been in development with several big names attached to it at some point, including Suicide Squad director David Ayer, Harry Potter director David Yates, and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. Most recently, Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino was added to the project. The film currently does not have a release date but the director does seem to be enthusiastic about the project.
While speaking to Variety, Luca Guadagnino talked about the nature of remakes and how he often does them. Specifically, the director pointed out that the 1983 version of Scarface was itself a remake and reflected a more updated take on crime, greed, and excess and was planning on doing this again with his upcoming remake:
“People claim that I do only remakes but the truth of the matter is cinema has been remaking itself throughout its existence. It’s not because it’s a lazy way of not being able to find original stories. It’s always about looking at what certain stories say about our times. The first “Scarface” from Howard Hawkes was all about the prohibition era. Fifty years later, Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma make their version, which is so different from the Hawkes film. Both can stand on the shelf as two wonderful pieces of sculpture. Hopefully ours, forty-plus years later, will be another worthy reflection on a character who is a paradigm for our own compulsions for excess and ambition. I think my version will be very timely.”
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