Find out just how the new Maniac pulled off its violent intensity in a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. Also after the jump:

  • The new Scarface might center around a Mexican lead
  • Abbie Cornish has nice things to say about Robocop
  • Todd Lincoln discusses his failed attempt to remake The Fly
  • The viral campaign for Carrie gets literary with a couple of fake books

Tony Montana will always hail from Cuba, but his counterpart in Universal’s new remake might not. According to a source who spoke with Latino Review, the new Scarface follows a Mexican lead, and takes place in the world of drug cartels. The site’s had some good scoops in the past, so we’re inclined to believe them. However, the studio itself has not confirmed this detail, and is remaining quiet about the character’s origins at this time.

This isn’t the first time the tale has moved around the globe. Brian De Palma’s 1983 film was itself a remake of Howard Hughes’ 1932 version, which featured an Italian-American central character.

An actress saying nice things about a movie she’s working on isn’t exactly breaking news. But for those wondering about the Robocop shoot, Abbie Cornish says it was “so much fun.”

To be honest, I enjoy all different types of films and experiences. RoboCop has been so much fun. The people are great. The cast and crew are great, and I’ve met some incredible people. I’ve had a great time with Joel Kinnaman, and I adore Gary Oldman. [...] And I think [director] José Padilha is a genius. He’s the reason why the movie is going to be really good. He’s the one that’s going to make the movie great.

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RoboCop has absolutely been one of the best experiences I’ve had on a film, which has broadened my perspective, as well. I gave something new a go and got to be Mrs. RoboCop. It was a little bit like a kid in a candy store. It’s been amazing! It’s really opened a lot of doors for me, personally, and that’s cool. I gave it a chance, and it was well worth it, for sure.

It’ll be a while yet before we see the fruits of her labor, though. Robocop isn’t coming out until February 7, 2014. Michael Keaton and Michael Kenneth Williams also star. [Collider]

Before David Cronenberg attempted to semi-sequelize The Fly, The Apparition helmer Todd Lincoln took a crack at a remake. Unfortunately for him, Fox wasn’t enticed by his darker vision:

My version of The Fly was a dark, twisted, grounded re-imagining. Part Val Lewton, part J.G Ballard, part Neal Stephenson with some horror manga touches. This had nothing to do with the Cronenberg version and it would absolutely not have had the same color palette. This was an all new vision and direction, but still done with complete respect for all five other Fly films and the original short story published in Playboy magazine that started it all.

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I especially dig the original The Fly (1958) and the third film Curse Of The Fly (1965). In my version, someone still becomes a fly, but who becomes it… how they become it… and what happens… are all completely different. I would have done it almost entirely with practical FX. Anyway, at the time I developed my take, it was too far out for the studio and they ended up deciding to do more of a straight remake / update of Cronenberg’s Fly.

And then, of course, Fox failed to do that either. Looks like The Fly is staying grounded for now. [MovieHole]

The viral campaign for Carrie is moving forward with a trip to the library. An image of a checkout card indicates that Carrie White (Chloe Moretz) researched her condition in the days leading up to the infamous disaster.

But as we all know, that information failed to save Carrie or her town. So, in an excerpt from a (fake) e-book, The Shadow Exploded, a David R. Congress wonders about Margaret White’s (Julianne Moore) reaction to her “wild talent.” Check them out below:

OK, but: Does anyone actually use those library checkout cards anymore? Do the young people this film is being marketed to even know what those are? Either way, Carrie opens March 15. [Facebook via Shock Till You Drop]

The Maniac remake has gotten a lot of attention for its no-holds-barred intensity, aided by seeing the story unfold from the killer’s point-of-view. A new behind-the-scenes video shows us exactly how director Franck Khalfoun and star Elijah Wood pulled that off. Here’s a hint: A lot of matching sweaters were involved.

Maniac opens in Germany this month and France next month. IFC has yet to announce a Stateside release, but we can probably expect it to hit sometime in 2013. [Premiere via Shock Till You Drop]

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