‘Training Day’ Writer Scripting ‘Scarface’ Remake

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 10:12 am,

Reaction was decidedly… mixed when it was announced earlier this fall that Universal is planning a Scarface remake. Fans of Brian De Palma’s 1983 cult-classic crime-drama (featuring an equally classic turn by Al Pacino) have been extremely resolute in their opinion that the film not be given the dreaded Hollywood modern makeover – despite the fact that De Palma’s film was itself a remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks/Richard Rosson film of the same name. But I digress.

No matter where you stand on the issue of whether or not Scarface deserves an update, the film is nonetheless being remade, and Universal has tapped a writer to begin crafting the new version – said writer being none other than Training Day scriber David Ayer.

Deadline had the exclusive on Ayer being hired for script work on Scarface; the writer is certainly an appropriate choice: In addition to writing Training Day, Ayer has a handful of gritty urban cops-and-robbers action/dramas under his belt, including The Fast and the Furious, Dark Blue, and S.W.A.T. He also directed Street Kings and both wrote and directed the acclaimed film Harsh Times.

If you can’t tell from that rundown, Ayer is a man who pretty much lives and breathes urban crime dramas – making him a perfect fit for this project.

Word is that Ayer will once again update the story of Scarface for modern times, and will not adhere to anything but the basic premise of the previous films, both of which involved a gangster going from lowly beginnings to the heights of crime, before inevitably being undone by his own vices. Given the current state of the world, a Scarface set in Los Angeles (the city Ayer loves) featuring a cartel or street gang would be my bet. But again, I digress…

Universal Scarface Remake Training Day Writer Scripting Scarface Remake

‘Scarface’ 1983 and 1932

Check out what Ayer had to say to Deadline on the subject of the remake:

“This is a fantasy for me, I can still remember when I saw the film at 13 and it blew my mind, I sought it out; I went after it hard. I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino version and found some universal themes. I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but both films had a specificity of place, there was unapologetic violence, and a main character who socially scared the shit out of people, but who had his own moral code. Each was faithful to the underworld of its time. There are enough opportunities in the real world today that provide an opportunity to do this right. If it was just an attempt to remake the 1983 film, that would never work.”

Ayer is certainly putting a lot of pressure on his shoulders right now: in addition to remaking a beloved film like Scarface, the screenwriter is also working hard on the remake of another popular ’80s flick – namely, the Arnold Schwarzenegger cult-classic, Commando. He’d better be careful where he wanders around the Internet for the next few months, lest he drown in all negativity the remake-haters will almost surely be throwing his way.

We’ll keep you updated  on the status of the Scarface remake as more news rolls in.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Seriously ???

    • thats what I was thinking lol

  2. Why not havea Gangsters in modern times be inspired by the movie.

  3. have a gangster

  4. Hate hate hate hate hate. RIP patrice oneal.

  5. This has got to be the most retarded thing I have heard? Seriously? Just make a damn movie about gangsters but don’t make it a remake of Scarface! Next there will be news of the Godfather, Star Wars, Jaws, Gone with the Wind are getting remade. Just STOP!!!

  6. This is an outrage! Hollywood needs to give the remake business a rest. There are plenty of stories out there if they pay attention to the festival circuits and pitch summits. Yes the 1983 version was also a remake, of a 50 yr old film! If these studios want to ride remakes then sure, check out old films, at least 40yrs and pan those waters. Stop thinking films we’ve seen in our young lives, 30′s, need to be rehashed. Its like showing up to a costumer party as the crow every year…let it go dammit!!!

  7. This is an outrage! Hollywood needs to give the remake business a rest. There are plenty of stories out there if they pay attention to the festival circuits and pitch summits. Yes the 1983 version was also a remake, of a 50 yr old film! If these studios want to ride remakes then sure, check out old films, at least 40yrs and pan those waters. Stop thinking films we’ve seen in our young lives, 30′s, need to be rehashed. Its like showing up to a costumer party as the crow every year…let it go!!!

    • In 2013, SCARFACE ’83 will be 30 years old. Considering Ayer’s fondness of the movie, and the high-rate of modern technology, I think it could turn out really well.

      However, I do love the movie too and a remake may just ruin the whole ‘cult-clasic’ thing…

  8. This is an outrage! Hollywood needs to give the remake business a rest. There are plenty of stories out there if they pay attention to the festival circuits and pitch summits. Yes the 1983 version was also a remake, of a 50 yr old film! If these studios want to ride remakes then sure, check out old films, at least 40yrs and pan those waters. Stop thinking films we’ve seen in our young lives, 30′s, need to be rehashed. Its like showing up to a costume party as the crow every year…let it go!!!

  9. I’m not a remake hater per se. I think if a movie is old enough that many people haven’t heard of it, or it was made long before they were born and they haven’t had a chance to be exposed to it, or age of the original is really showing and people really want to do the story justice, then maybe it deserves a remake. I’m sure most people that saw Pacino’s Scarface never heard of the original, so they got to enjoy it when they probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
    But both Scarface (in its more popular form) and Commando are from the 80s, and people already had the chance to be exposed to it not so long ago (and they’re out on Blu Ray too). Arnold and Pacino are still making movies for crying out loud. So really, please don’t show your lack of original ideas (or unwillingness to take risks) so blatantly Hollywood.

  10. Damn, my bad…it said it didn’t publish.

  11. I personally thought Pacino was awesome but the movie was a little weak! Sorry if that offends anyone but I am more of a Goodfellas guy as far as gangster movies go. I wonder how people would feel if they tried to remake that.

    • Goodfellas was based on the life of HenrY Hill. It doesnt make any sense to remake it.

    • I dont think Goodfellas will have a remake, because its a True Story film.

  12. I dont why people are in such a rut about the remake. Its been almost 30 years. And the ’83 version took alot of thensame story from the original.

    For the remake, I would like to see it based on an Iraqi soldier who comes to america after the disbandment of the Iraqi Army. The original was an Italian during the height of the Italian Mob. The second was an Cuban during the height miami cocaine era. The two previous film had the main character facing racial prejudice in his quest for power. Thus settin it in 2003 with a former Iraqi soldier would capatillize on the (previous) negative sterotypes and put him kn the bottom for intresting rise to power. I really dont see anny other race bringing as a compelling struggle comparable to the previous two films.

    • I disagree on the Iraqi soldier concept your bringing it just doesn’t ring a bell to me, my point is imagine a middle east Gangster coming from his country starts working at a 7 Eleven saying “Thank you, come again”…LOL just like Al Pacino`s SCARFACE when he started working for a Latin Restaurant what ever it was. Those SCARFACE movies made sense because its like you said writers looked at what was going on during each movies era as far as Crime was concerned. I could only imagine this remake about Mexican Cartels, it would make more sense to me and perhaps others.

      • You know Pacino’s character was a former soldier for Fidel but had been a bad seed since birth. Remember the Snitch was like do you know how to work a machine gun and Manny was like yea we were in the army whhen they recieved the columbian pick up,job.

        Im only sayin use that as a backdrop for weapons training, reason to come to America and I think the time period is just an excellent place (for a story). I can imagine the 7-11 scene and someone calling Scareface Al-Queda, terrorist or middle easter racial slur and it leads him to lashing out violently. I mean im black and i can honestly say im had a lot of negative un-informed negative connatations of middle eastern in that post 9/11 chaos. Scareface wld take s*** from the civilized, law and other gangsters on his rise to power. Nobody trusted middle easterns at that time. Imcould even see them cops unofficially aid the gangstermin scarefaces take down due to prejudice but not to overly victimize him. His downfall would be his kwn doing.

        Here another question. What drug do u think he should peddle. The first was bootlegging liquor during prohibition. Pacino had the cocaine era. Where do u go now? Im thinkin some sort of pills maybe ectasy. Using a club as a front and castle for the finak shoot out.f.

        And what city should he take over?

        • Heroin, maybe ecstasy, possibly meth but not likely.

  13. I’M IN

  14. Remakes nowadays seem to have nothing to do with screenwriters, directors etc having a vision about a certain film. It’s film companies deciding they want to make money without needing an original idea. That’s what annoys me and everyone else I think. I saw fright night and really liked it because although it was based on the original, they mixed it up a little. IMO of course

  15. I smell a stinker.

  16. they should just leave some things alone .. and i think this is one of them …

  17. “……….story of a gangster chasing the American Dream …”

    Yawn. Even collaboratively it would take everyone here weeks if not months to make a list of all the movies with that plot.

  18. So will everyone on MTV Cribbs now have this remake poster on their walls instead?

    Besides, wasn’t the Pachino film a remake anyway?!
    I’m not really fussed as I’m not a fan of the Pachino version. It’s not that it’s bad – far from it. It is makes me so depressed watching it. Having said that, I know it has lots of fans and for their sake, I hope they make a good film.

  19. i thought antoine foqua or whatever his name is wrote training day? i get him, david ayer, and david goyer mixed up constantly because of training day and street kings..and because “ayer” and “goyer” look similar to the stupid idiot mind. too many people making movies about corrupt cops!

  20. Will the cocaine be in 3D?

    • Heh. Probably.

  21. Traning Day was a great movie and Washigiton gave a powerful peformance and won a Oscar but still this remake is still going to be a another 80′s classic awful remake just like Commmando.

    I hope I am proven wrong.

  22. When I first heard that Scarface would recieve the Hollywoood “update,” of course I hated the idea. I mean, the ’83 version is a classic, both cult and commercially. However, after reading the above, I now have faith in a new Scarface… sounds like the guy has a solid grip on the source material, combined with his previous experience with crime/drama film. Time will tell. BUT – the big question, and possibly the most important, is: who is going to take on the the titular role? THAT will more than likely make or break the film!

  23. People don’t recall the ’83 version of SCARFACE wasn’t THAT big
    a hit in the first place, we saw it on a Saturday Night when it first
    came out and the Theater was only about half-full on the FIRST weekend.
    It had it’s moments, but if you take out the endless F-bombs it’s a pedestrian script anyway.
    And only a screwed up society would have endless merchandising of
    a character that made stupid choices, disrespected his own Mother,
    and had the Hots for his own Kid Sister.
    OH WAIT!…but he LOVES Children…sigh.

  24. Ya definetly don’t think this is a good idea , theres no point to remake somethin that doesnt need to be remade , everyone loves it how it is !! if your going to remake an older gangster movie , remake The Warriors with modern day gangs that might actually work , but comon scarface … just sad!

  25. I loved the ’83 version a lot, so i don’t think that someone who made a movie about RACING and not a man SELLING illegal drugs (or alcohol) who has moral values and dies because of those values (only reason sosa sent assassins after tony) or making a remake on the ’83 version which had a HUGE impact on our culture today would be wrong.

  26. David Ayers writing the script? This means it’s gonna take place in LA :/ like every movie he’s written.

  27. David Ayers writing the script? This means it’s gonna take place in LA like in every movie he’s written.

  28. David Ayer writing the script? This means it’s gonna take place in LA like in every movie he’s written.

  29. Not a bad idea…gotta be very careful who they cast though.