Since its release in 1983, Brian De Palma’s Scarface has evolved into much more than a movie. It has become a way of life. A mantra for the young who to aspire to any kind of American dream. A common, pop culture lightning rod for conversations about sex, violence and machismo. What many of the film’s fans don’t realize, though, is De Palma’s film is actually a remake of a 1932 film co-directed by Howard Hawkes. Both films follow a motivated immigrant on his way up in the world of drugs and organized crime and that through line is going to be the basis of yet another Scarface set in modern day. Originally announced in September, this new Scarface just gained a writer, David Ayer. He not only wrote Training Day but also directed Street Kings and Harsh Times. Read about his take on the material and more after the break. Read More »
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Training Day and Harsh Times writer David Ayer is putting together his next film: a cop drama called End of Watch that he’ll write and direct. Jake Gyllenhaal is now in negotiations to star. Variety says the film is “a gritty drama that follows the friendship between longtime partners.” David Ayer is also tapped to write the remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Commando, but we haven’t heard much about the progress of that film in some time.
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We’ve heard before that Fox wants to remake Commando, which was directed by Mark L. Lester in 1985 and famously starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a retired elite soldier attempting to rescue his daughter (Alyssa Milano) from an exiled dictator (Dan Hedaya). It was rumored to be a project for Dwayne Johnson at one point, but we don’t know who might star now. We do know who will write and direct, however: Training Day screenwriter David Ayer. Read More »