Over the last few years, Hollywood has pumped out questionable reboots like it’s going out of fashion. Most have entered cinemas with high hopes and enormous marketing campaigns, only to slip into obscurity and the shadow of their original texts just as quickly. It appears Scarface, the Al Pacino classic that follows Miami drug lord Tony Montana’s rise and fall may be the next to get a reimagining, but fans are decidedly more optimistic about this one.
Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are rumoured to be writing the new Scarface reboot, which dulls the pain of possibly watching another classic film butchered by big film executives. The Coen Brothers have made some of the biggest and most bombastic films in recent memory, with icons like No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo and The Big Lebowski under their belt. On the writing side of the equation, the Coen Brothers aren’t strangers to the reboot arena. Their acclaimed version of True Grit was a reimagining of the classic 1969 John Wayne film of the same name. Additionally, Variety is reporting that Call Me by Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has been tapped to direct the new addition.
According to reports, the film will be a new take on the story, set in Los Angeles. Apollo star Michael B. Jordan has been tipped as a possible lead for the Tony Montana role, but nothing has been confirmed in terms of casting.
While we’re all pretty unconvinced by the idea of rebooting a classic film, the team behind it does look pretty stellar. To complement the Coen’s writing, earlier drafts were provided by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) and Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco). Interesting enough, the 1983 Al Pacino Scarface is a reboot in itself. The film was an updated retelling of the classic immigrant mobster story, first produced in 1932 under the Scarface title.
Let the reboot of the reboot rise.