‘Scarface’ Remake About Mexican Drug Cartels?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

Scarface Remake Set in Mexico Scarface Remake About Mexican Drug Cartels?

When Universal announced that they were going to remake of Scarface, many fans of the iconic Al Pacino gangster flick were upset; of course, those who know their film history know that Brian De Palma’s 1983 film (starring Pacino) was itself a remake of the famous 1932 Howard Hawks film. Both versions follow an ambitious criminal who takes over his city’s underworld, only to be undone by his own ambition (and a twisted big-brother complex).

David Ayer (Training DayEnd of Watch) wrote a script draft for the new Scarface – but apparently the studio wasn’t enthused with that version, because they brought on writer Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) to do a new draft. Today, we have a rumor about what kind of angle Attanasio is taking with the story.

Latino Review is dropping the exclusive that the new Scarface will be set in the world of Mexican drug cartels, presumably following a Mexican character who embarks on the dark quest for criminal supremacy within the cartel.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, really, as it’s been the tradition for Scarface films to reflect the criminal culture of the time period in which they were released. In the ’30s, the rise of organized crime was still a fresh thought; in the ’80s, Cuban expatriates were a security concern for southern Florida; and the violent reign of Mexican drug cartels is now a daily reality – one which is being explored in films like Oliver Stone’s Savages and the upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger film, The Last Stand.

Universal Scarface Remake Scarface Remake About Mexican Drug Cartels?

While the Mexican angle makes sense for a modern take on Scarface, there will no doubt be some backlash about the choice; there was certainly a bit of backlash within the Cuban community when De Palma’s film was released. Nonetheless, most cartel-related films in Hollywood deal with American law enforcement’s battles against the gang factions, so getting a look at the other side of things – at what it takes to rise within the ranks of the cartel organization – could be both fascinating and horrifying in the way that has kept the Scarface brand alive these past 80 years since it began.

Are you interested to see Scarface, the Mexican cartel version? Or are two versions of the story enough? Let us know in the comments.

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

Source: Latino Review

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  1. “Are you interested to see Scarface, the Mexican cartel version? Or are two versions of the story enough?”

    Well Kofi, in my opinion, if a story is good enough, it doesn’t matter how many versions there are in existence.

    As long as they don’t throw in hints at the original or the 83 version, I’m fine with it.

    • If a story is told good enough the first or second time why continue to retread.

      • Ask A Christmas Carol, Snow White and many other classic stories that have been told and reinterpreted literally thousands of times over the last several hundred years.

    • NO.
      Yes, two is enough, even though I’ve never seen the Paul version.
      Al will always be Scarface. The Tony story is the one.

  2. Get Gael Garcia Bernal.

  3. Nothing could EVER come close to the Pacino version. Every 20 or 30 years, a film is made which- almost by accident- achieves immortality. Scarface was such a film. Eve the people who made it are not sure how it ended up so good- it was supposed to be a typical formulaic mob film like many being made during that era.

    “I this country, you got to get the money first; when you get the money, you get the power; when you get the power, you get the women.”

    “I always tel the truth- eve when I lie.”

    “Say hello to my litte friend!”

    Immortal lines like that do’t just happen to any hack Hollywood screenwriter. They are the stuff of inspiration, the magic of the movies. Even Brian dePalma couldn’t write another Scarface if he tried. These things happen once in a lifetime.

    Some movies should just not be remade. Scarface is one of them.

    • In my opinion the original Howard Hawks version is a lot better than Brian De Palma’s remake, but, a lot of people prefer the remake/haven’t seen the original.

      So I think that shows that another remake could work really well and that it could introduce a whole new generation to a great story. Changing the setting again is important because it was changing the setting for the first remake that really helped set it apart from the original.

  4. They seem more like completely different movies with the same title. I don’t like the word “remake” in this situation. Remaking Scarface would be a big mistake, but telling a new story in the same vein could be awesome. Must not reference the originals at all.

  5. This is ridiculous, makes me believe “Godfather” will be next

    • I agree. Sick of all these BS remake/reboots which are nothing but garbage. All because Hollyweird can’t come up with an original and non-stupid idea of their own.

  6. How about I, Michael Bay, the greatest of all visionaries in movies ever, make another remake :)

    I was thinking Jurassic Park, Citizen Kane, 10,000 leagues under the sea, and for some reason I was also thinking about Freezer Burn: The Invasion of Laxdale. Don’t ask why I included that last one, I don’t even know.

    So, how would my fans like that? I love my fans, and the rest of you can buy tickets for my movies. You know, to keep me rich and famous.

    I’m already making a Ninja Tortoises movie about ninja’s from outer space. Why not add Godfather to the list as well? I am so cool.

    As a boy I once burned down my house because I wanted to watch pretty fire, and I only had a book of matches. Imagine what I could do with the remake of “The Passion of the Christ” or “Titanic” if I had MILLIONS?

    Did I just WOW you? Blow your mind? Just wait until you hear the metal scrap in the remake of “The Wizard of Oz”. 😀

    I’m so great.

    • I approve.

  7. NO!! Why call it Scarface why not make a new movie about mexicn drug cartels and make it an actual original idea/movie. I mean the topic is pretty ripe for new movie material. C’mon Hollywood QUIT MAKING REMAKES! I don’t have a problem with making this movie, but don’t call it Scarface. Take a chance and make it an original movie. This is just a way to make money, you don’t need the name brand to make the same movie and if audiences respond they will respond despite the title and brand. Just look at Total Recall and Conan(new), they are brands people remember and they made no money. I don’t want to go to a theater and pay ten dollars to see a movie I have already seen. Remakes are just a boring and lazy way for studios to feel safe in greenlighting a movie(minus a few exceptions).

  8. Why don’t they make a biopic of the real Scarface. Al Capone. And name it Scarface. Then uneducated people will be making stupid claims and comments that it has nothing to do with Pacino’s film and that he is the real Scarface bleh bleh bleh.

  9. I’ll take Bad Ideas for 300 Alex.

  10. Both Scarfaces were great movies, both for their time, and for all of time. But great in different ways. The original Scarface did what it could to show how terrible and grievous the consequences were of becoming a criminal with the constraints of the times. It was very clearly anti-crime, and did nothing to try to glamorize the Scarface character in anyway. The DePalma/Pacino Scarface was clearly very different. There’s almost no way to recreate that. And I don’t know even if the new filmmakers want to even attempt to recreate it. It was a such an amazing coming-together of different things. You had Pacino’s amazing performance. You had Oliver Stone providing a script that would presage his later rise as a filmmaker in his own right. It highlighted Miami as an evocative, attractive and alluring location before Miami Vice. It nicely reflected current political issues. It also became a much bigger movie long after its theatrical release, achieving that cult following through video much like other movies from the ’80’s.

    It just seems too difficult to try to recapture that feeling again. You don’t even get movies nowadays, at least within the past 10-15 years that seems to get bigger on video than in the theaters. It would be far too derivative, and far too predictable.

    • I forgot to mention the clothes as well. It was all about the clothes.

  11. I like how people complain when they hear the word (remake)So, people are complaining about a remake? Did they complain about De Palma’s remake then? When the original and de palma version were almost completely different. When this remake sounds to be completely different aswell. It has a reoccuring theme, man with scar, takes over criminal underwear, gets to ambitious for his own good… but it doesn’t mean it’s not a completely different movie.

    • dang where’s the edit button. Whole people know what i’m saying.

  12. this is as rediculious as the notion of them conceiving an idea of a SEQUEL to Scareface, about his “son”.

    Anyone else see that “news” from a few years back?

    They were going to make a SEQUEL to “Scarface” which centered around Tony’s “son”.


  13. Can tell they font get either movie!

  14. I’m really interested in seeing this, actually. Each one has been timely and intriguing. I’m sure this one will be no different.

  15. it really depends on who they get to play Tony. and to be perfectly honest i think “the Devils Double” already beat scarface at it’s own game. Cause that was Scarface with military power on steroids.

    Scarface is rather tame compared to DD.

  16. Making a remake of Scarface is a clever and lucrative move on Universal side because Pacino’s/DePalma’s/Stone’s Scarface has an army of followers. I personally don’t think anyone can make a better movie than the 80’s Scarface.

  17. This is going to be tight!!!!

  18. a la verga ese

    somos real cholos no necesitamos de una pelicula sobre nuestro desmadre

    a la chingada eso

  19. HELL YES!! if fact i think it could potentially be the best of all three. Why i think a scarface set in a modern day mexican cartel would not only be a smash hit but a cult classic, is because i know that along with myself, a million other americans are dying to know what the !#$% is going on over there and what its like to fill the shoes of a cartel member. Every single one of us here in amercica is directly affected by the efforts of the mexican drug traffic organizations, but yet we are clueless to understand the type person who is responsible for it. there is no pop culture esposing the lifestyle, no art expressed through the triumphs and trajedies, its such a mystery to us what its like to live the lifestyle of a mexican drug cartel member, what are the rules to abide by, their fears they live with, their commradery, their guilt, their pride, any of that i would be more than interested to know

  20. who cares ! make it good! somehow trent reznor needs to be involved in this

  21. Why call it a remake when it is a whole different story? Just make the movie and change the title. Everyone loves mafia movies. You don’t need to call it Scarface.

  22. The fact that Rihanna is being considered to be casted as Elvira Hancock is enough for me to know that this is going to be a complete turd. I wouldn’t watch this P.O.S. if they paid me.

  23. This has been done. Its on Netflix. The film, EL INFIERNO is the real deal. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Please watch this first.