Universal Pictures has finally found a director for its proposed remake of Scarface. Though Harry Potter filmmaker David Yates previously flirted with the idea of directing the gangster redo, The Wrap reports that Chilean director Pablo Larraín is now in talks to take the helm. Larraín previously directed the 2012 Chilean film No with Gael Garcia Bernal as well as the 2010 drama Post Mortem, so Scarface is certainly the filmmaker’s most high profile feature to date. While we have known for a while that Universal’s redo will update the story to a modern day setting with a different ethnic background for the lead character, the specifics have remained under wraps. However, today’s new report reveals that this Scarface update will feature a lead character of Mexican origin.
Hit the jump for more, including news on the setting of the new Scarface.
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in NO, an epic David and Goliath story penned by Pedro Peirano about a brash young Chilean adman, René Saavedra, who spearheads a campaign to defeat dictator Augusto Pinochet and set Chile free during the country’s 1988 referendum. The film is the final part of a trilogy which director Pablo Larraín began with Tony Manero in 2008 and followed with Post Mortem in 2010. NO has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and opens in theaters on February 15th.
At the film’s recent press day, Larraín and Bernal talked about their smart and engaging political thriller inspired by actual events, how the film reflects their own social conscience and political sensibilities, why it resonates with other political events occurring throughout the world today, how they came up with a distinct lo-fi concept for the film’s unique visual style, how the film has been received in Chile, their reaction to the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and Larraín’s next project which might just be a futuristic film. Hit the jump to read more:
The first trailer is now available for director Pablo Larrain’s No, a drama centering on the marketing campaign to defeat Chile’s army general and dictator Augusto Pinochet from retaining power in the country’s 1988 referendum. The simple yet strong title comes from the referendum’s choice: “Yes” to retain Pinochet, “No” to boot him out in favor of democracy. Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) plays the advertising executive Rene Saavedra, who used commercial marketing techniques to effectively communicate a political message and provide voters with a counterpoint to official campaign for Pinochet’s retention.
No opens on February 15, 2013. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.