David Yates in Final Talks to Direct SCARFACE Reboot

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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.




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  • mitt

    I’m not talking about Brian De Palma’s 1983 awful, bloated remake”

    Damn Goldberg, you’re screaming for attention with an opening statement like that.

    • Strong Enough

      brian’s scarface is pretty bad.

  • Bob

    Wow, I never made a complaint about this Goldberg guy like this before but what a fucking dickhead. Really? Why open with a statement like that. De Palma’s is a classic and your dumb opinion is not gonna change that.

    • axalon

      Matt Goldberg is a detriment to this website.

      • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

        He really is. I tend to avoid most of his stories. I only click on the ones I’m interested in. He’s an awful writer. He speaks like such a dick. I have literally never seen anyone post a positive comment about him.
        Even if he doesn’t like DePalma’s movie, you’re a professional writer, act like it.

  • http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com Jeffrey Lamar

    Matt, why bro why? Stop being an asshat!

  • IMPYEMU

    Reboot seems like a word more appropriately used for a franchise. This seems more like a remake, and an unnecessary one. I’ll admit I haven’t seen the original Scarface, and the 1983 movie isn’t perfect, but c’mon. I’m of the opinion that you can’t top De Palma’s movie.

    • Person

      De Palma’s movie can certainly be topped, it’s not the cinematic holy grail it’s been made out to be in the last decade or so. But there’s really no reason to tell the story again, the 83 version is always on TV and so many people know the movie/story that it’s not like the remake will introduce it to a new generation or anything like that. It’s just a marketable name and Universal badly needs a hit. So we’re getting this. And Yates needs a paycheck.

    • -

      I think the ’83 version is good, it’s just that I’ve seen it mentioned as if it were in the same league as the first two Godfathers, which it… just isn’t.
      Quite entertaining, though, and Pacino is great – not as good as he was in the early-to-mid 70′s, and slightly hammy, but great nonetheless. Also, dat soundtrack.

      • Jason Richards

        It’s an iconic film that I hold up there with the Godfather. There’s a reason why it’s so huge in pop culture.

      • -

        So is Titanic, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any good.

  • Person

    I’ll give you bloated and not as good as the Hawks version, but far from awful. This “reboot” or whatever is unnecessary though, Yates’s talents can be better served elsewhere. If only he wasn’t so damn picky…

    • Jason Richards

      It’s better than the Hawkes version. Stone’s script is also light years better and it features De Palma at his best.

  • a-man

    I am here to say that Deathly Hallows Part 2 was one of the MOST boring epic franchise movies I have ever watched, without any sense of story, character or shot planning. Yates seems like a really, really, really average director.

    HP7/2 was nothing but fan service. Didn’t even attempt to make a standalone, worthwhile film out of it.

    Maybe they put all their good stuff into Part 1? I dunno. It sucked eggs.

    I’m done.

    (This idea of a Scarface remake is just boring. And good on you, Matt, for having a fucking opinion. Everyone else is a whiny bastard.)

    • Biscuit

      You just whined throughout your whole post and then you say “everyone else is a whiny bastard”. The irony. Your point about Yates being an average director because DH part II sucked (which it didn’t suck) and part I was good was also ironic. Yates directed Part I as well. Lastly, you agreed with Matt Goldberg, you should be ashamed.

  • ID

    MATT GOLDBERG IS A TOTALLY BAG. AND THIS IS FROM A GUY WHO PICK THE CRAPPY HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN MOVIE ON HIS TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2011 AND TELLING COMIC BOOK FANS TO BE “STUPID DICKS BECAUSE OF THE MICHAEL B JORDAN IN TALKS TO PLAY THE HUMAN TORCH IN THE FANTASTIC FOUR REBOOT ONLY THAT THE PROBLEM IS THAT JORDAN IS BLACK AND JOHNNY STORM IS WHITE” AND APPAULED JIM CARREY FOR NOT BEING PART OF THE PROMOTION FOR KICK-ASS 2 BECAUSE OF THE GRAPHIC NATURE OF THE FILM WHICH MATT DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT EVEN WHEN HIS FAVORITE MOVIE IS HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.

    • Michael

      Ha

    • Strong Enough

      lmao

  • Jamesy

    I can see “Goldberg” making it into the Oxford dictionary as the new definition of one or all of the following words: d*ck, assh*le, b*stard, c*nt. Seriously why even open an article like that? Just because a movie might not be to your taste doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. De Palma made a classic, one that will always be a go to for inspiration for gangster movies. I thought the hate for Goldberg was slightly overrated, but good grief I now see why, if you don’t like a movie, fine…but don’t go on a mission to totally destroy it’s reputation and ruin it for others. Every other writer on this site does it well, if they don’t like a movie or show, they give their reasons and that’s that, take a leaf from the rest of the Collider team.

  • Jason Richards

    I don’t have a problem with remakes, but the 80′s version of Scarface was good because of Pacino, Stone, and De Palma. You can’t recreate those things. You can’t recreate the raw and over the top script of Stone. You can’t recreate De Palma’s ultra violent, but stylish tension packed direction. You can’t recreate Pacino’s over the top iconic performance, because there’s not many actors working today that can pull that off. Yates is an extremely talented filmmaker, but he has a huge shoe to fill with this remake and I won’t be surprised if this thing fails. I hope it succeeds, though.

  • Jason Richards

    Wait, Goldberg hates Scarface? Lol and people think this dope knows his shit about movies. Collider, this guy is a joke.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Stupid idea.

    Brian de Palma’s Scarface is a classic. No one can play Tony Montana like Al Pacino.

    this reboot will stink for sure, especially when you know that the guy who destroyed Harry Potter will be at the helm.

  • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

    Sigh… (*__*)

  • Tom

    Let the game begin!

  • Tom

    Let the game begin!

  • Michael

    I think you may have accidentally revealed that you’ve never actually seen de Palma’s version and are basing your opinion on the video game.
    (Sorry if someone else already made that joke. I’m on my break and do not have the time to check.)

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  • isakglasses

    HATERS, we all know we loved De Palma’s scarface no matter what you pretend now just coz you think your a film buff.face facts it was amazing and al pacino was amazing,but i guess you guys need something to talk about and universal is desperate since losing harry potter

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