Universal is developing a new Scarface movie. The film will be produced by Martin Bregman, the veteran producer behind the 1983 Al Pacino classic. According to THR, the production has brought on Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Jonathan Herman to do the rewrite.
Paul Attanasio and David Ayer wrote previous drafts of the film, which will be a new and original take on the immigrant story, which spawned films in 1932 and 1983. The 1983 version, which was released by Universal, tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) who arrives in 1980s Miami with nothing and rises up to become a powerful drug kingpin. That film made the expression, “Say hello to my little friend,” one of the most iconic lines in cinema.
The new film will be set in Los Angeles and explore an immigrant’s rise in the criminal underworld.
Since writing the draft that got Straight Outta Compton greenlit, Herman has been a busy man. In addition to the Scarface remake, he’s currently working with Universal on their remake of The Birds and an adaptation of Andrew Pyper’s The Demonologist.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)