Jonathan Herman, the man who directed the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, will be focusing his talents on bringing another classic gangster back to the silver screen. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Universal Studios has given the green light for the remake of Scarface. Herman is set to write the film. Apparently, the remake has been in the works for years but recently gained momentum once Herman was appointed. The premise of the film is set to take place in Los Angeles and follow a similar synopsis about an immigrant’s rise to power to control a criminal hierarchy.
This will be the second time the film has been rebooted. The original 1932 film starred Paul Muni as the trigger-happy kingpin. The franchise returned in 1983 with Al Pacino starring as the reigning, legendary drug lord Tony Montana. Pablo Larraín, winner of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Jury Grand Prix for “The Club,” has been signed on to direct the film.
The new version will be produced by Marc Shmuger for Global Produce along with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark, who are on board for Bluegrass Films. Marty Bregman, who worked on the 1983 rendition, has also committed to the project. There’s no word on when the film will hit theaters. Hopefully, the remake won’t taint the long-lasting legacy Tony Montana has left behind.