Scarface

The latest Scarface remake might have found its director. Pablo Larraín, director of No, is in final talks to remake the 1983 Brian De Palma gangster classic, itself already a remake of a 1932 film by Howard Hawkes. Written by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco), this version of Scarface will combine elements from both films in modern day Los Angeles as a Mexican immigrant works his way up in the drug trade. Producers are hoping to cast a bicultural, bilingual Latino actor in the lead. Read More »

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Say the word “Scarface,” and what probably comes to mind are mobsters, shootouts, dubious morals, and copious amounts of illicit substances. What probably doesn’t come up are kid wizards, friendly elves, and butterbeer. Unless, that is, you’re at Universal.

The studio’s been planning a remake of the gangster classic Scarface for a couple of years now, and now they’re zeroing in on a director. David Yates, best known for helming the last four Harry Potter films, is reportedly in final talks to take over the movie. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.

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Honestly, we might never see a better summer than 1982. Almost every single weekend, Hollywood released a would be classic: The Thing, Blade Runner, E.T., the list goes on and on. And when something is that successful, what does Hollywood do? Release a sequel, of course. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse is doing this summer.

After last year’s successful Summer of ’82 screening series, this year will mark the Summer of 1983 screening series. Starting with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, the Drafthouse’s various locations will screen movies such as Scarface, Risky Business, Octopussy, The Deadly Spawn, WarGames, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jaws 3D and others.

Below, find out how to get tickets, see the poster and watch a trailer. Read More »

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The popularity of Breaking Bad — a sort of alternate Scarface where a Regular American becomes a totally compromised drug trade figure — is probably all Universal needs as encouragement to make a new take on Scarface. Well, that and the enduring popularity of images related to the 1983 film directed by Brian De Palma starring Al Pacino.

Universal has been cooking up a new take on the story of an immigrant’s rise to criminal power, and now has a new writer on board to get the picture closer to a green light. Read More »

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 »

Don’t call it a remake. Scarface is a tale that has loomed large in cinema since first incarnated in a 1932 film starring Paul Muni, George Raft, and Boris Karloff, a tale elevated to infamy thanks to the 1983 telling by Brian De Palma. Now there will be a third major version as Universal preps a picture that will once again show how an immigrant gangster violently rises to the top of his chosen ‘profession’ thanks to ruthless ambition. Read More »

“Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend!” It’s the most iconic line in Brian De Palma‘s 1983 film Scarface. Immigrant turned millionaire drug dealer Tony Montana (Al Pacino) is feeling the heat as his house is being invaded and, in a moment of genius, picks up a huge ass machine gun with a grenade launcher on it and kills a bunch of bad guys with a single shot.

On the new Scarface Blu-ray hitting stores next week, one of the features is a series of unused takes of Pacino delivering that classic piece of verbal gold. But you don’t have to wait until September 6, you can watch it right now. Read More »

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