When news first hit last fall that Universal is planning a remake of Scarface, it was if the world was coming to an end and the little faith most fans have left in Hollywood seemed to have been thrown out the window. And who would blame them with the original being so well loved as well as being considered one of the greatest gangster films of all time?
Well, Universal’s planned remake may have its credibility slightly renewed with the announcement that the writer of Training Day, David Ayer, will be handling the script, according to Deadline.
This announcement comes as a pleasant surprise to some and seems to go hand-in-hand with Universal’s aim to make this new version of Scarface into a story made specifically for the modern age, albeit dealing with the relevant issues and controversies that the original did so well for the 80’s.
Ayer of course isn’t just known for the gritty Training day, but has quite the reputation with urban cop/crime dramas such as The Fast and The Furious, Dark Blue, and S.W.A.T, as well as directing both Street Kings and Harsh Times (which he also wrote). So obviously the script may certainly be in good hands, and it will be definitely be interesting to see a new storyline and approach to the source material.
Ayer is known to be quite fond in Los Angeles as the starring locale, so this may be the obvious choice, which could mean a Mexican cartel of some sort may in fact be the main focus. This may actually prove to be a refreshing contrast from the original’s Miami setting and Cuban drug lord, but honestly we can speculate all day with what little we have to go on for now.
To get a small taste of Ayer’s thoughts on writing the script, check out what he had to say in an interview with Deadline below:
“This is a fantasy for me, I can still remember when I saw the film at 13 and it blew my mind, I sought it out; I went after it hard. I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino version and found some universal themes. I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but both films had a specificity of place, there was unapologetic violence, and a main character who socially scared the shit out of people, but who had his own moral code. Each was faithful to the underworld of its time. There are enough opportunities in the real world today that provide an opportunity to do this right. If it was just an attempt to remake the 1983 film, that would never work.”
So the speculations that the remake will just be a rehashing of the original can rest now that we can see that Ayer respects the original and its overall message enough to leave well enough alone and ultimately use that passion to create an entirely different story that still captures that same message.
I have no doubt that there will be still an abundant amount of sceptics out there, and even though their thoughts can be justified, we can at feel a bit of relief that we have an entirely capable writer, and who knows, maybe it really won’t be that bad (let’s hope).
So what do you think? Are you still upset that the remake is in fact being made? Or are you a little excited now that the writer has been announced? Comment below and let me know your thoughts!