I don’t know if you can top Scarface. I’m not talking about Brian De Palma‘s 1983 awful, bloated remake. I’m talking about the original Howard Hawks film that’s more about emotion and hubris rather than the efficacy of grenade launchers and chainsaws. Either way, the original and the remake have their fans, but Universal is trying to bring the “shame of a nation” back to the big screen again. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is high on a current draft they have for a Scarface reboot, and they have Harry Potter director David Yates in final talks to direct. The new version will presumably take the ethnic and geographical aspects of the previous two movies and then reposition them into a 21st century context.
Even though I’m somewhat indifferent to another Scarface movie, I’d be happy to see Yates do anything. His career has been in a holding pattern since 2011′s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. He was going to direct Your Voice in My Head, but then dropped out, and his Tarzan movie seems to have stalled. However, this new Scarface could be the closest Yates comes to directing the Al Capone biopic he’s wanted to do for years.