Since we haven’t had any updates on Universal’s Scarface reboot for awhile, I was kinda hoping the idea was dead. The last we heard was a rumour back in December that the new Tony Montana would be Mexican, and that the film would take place among the Mexican drug cartels.
More news has surfaced today as Deadline are reporting some news which actually goes in favour of the damned reboot (it is being called a reboot now, not a remake). British director David Yates is apparently in final discussions with Universal to direct the new Scarface film, and should this actually turn into Yates helming the film, then there is a good chance it just might be saved.
Granted a new Scarface film is unnecessary, however a film can easily be saved by the choice of director, and in my personal opinion, Yates is a brilliant choice. It was Yates who really turned the Harry Potter series dark when he delivered what I believe to be the best film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Yates then went on to direct the final three films, all of which were stunning and proved Yates was a director worthy of merit, and should have won an Oscar for at least one of his Potter films.
The director has also worked a lot in TV, directing the highly praised series State of Play, as well as episodes of The Bill and The Way We Live Now. However, it was after the Potter series that the director became a top drawer for studios, and with any luck Universal have bagged him for Scarface. Deadline reports that: “Universal has been through a couple of drafts and now is very high on the current draft. The first stop is the director. This is before any conversations on talent or timing.”
I am still against rebooting such a classic pair of films as the previous two Scarface movies, and I would still rather see studios come up with something new. However, the fact that Yates could be dir3ecting is making be slightly warm to this idea, only slightly though…