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The Coen Brothers Have a 'Scarface' Reboot in the Works

Source - With a Call Me By Your Name sequel still just a figment of an Italian poet's daydream, director Luca Guadagnino is moving on to a much different vibe for his next movie.

The filmmaker, who also helmed the remake of Suspiria with Dakota Johnson, is now looking to take on Universal's Scarface reboot, EW has learned. And that is just peachy!

The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, wrote the latest draft of the script, which is a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. This one will be set in Los Angeles. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Jonathan Herman, and Paul Attanasio wrote earlier drafts. ...

In addition to Scarface, Guadagnino is ... also attached to direct a Lord of the Flies movie for Warner Bros. 

I believe there are three reactions anytime there's news of a movie being rebooted:

  • It's either "Oh God, NO! The original is perfect! Keep you hands off this classic and quit ruining my childhood!" (For me, "Bad News Bears" and "Longest Yard.)
  • Then there's "YYYESSS! The old one looks so dated and cheesy now. It needs an upgrade and I'm onboard this nostalgia trip." (Think Peter Jackson's "King Kong" or Spielberg's "War of the Worlds.)
  • Finally there's, "Don't let JJ Abrams fuck this up." ("Star Trek," picking the bones of the original "Star Wars" trilogy to make the new one.)

The damned thing about this idea is I'm in that second category, but I can definitely understand anyone standing firmly in the first. 

"Scarface" is a classic. Every rapper in the last 30 years and all those t-shirts on sale at WalMart can't be wrong. And part of the appeal of the film is the cheesiness. It's the mortar holding together the bricks of the thing. Al Pacino's outrageous accent. His weird ad-libs that are eternally quotable. There's not a man among us that can look at a pelican without dropping this line:

Every beat of the "Say goodnight to the bad guy" scene:

Robert Loggia's bronzer and the boot polish in his hair:

I could go on, but you get the point. It's a classic. A ridiculous, over-the-top, preposterous classic. And if you clean it up and take out the wacky nonsense - Pacino's delivery on "Choot dat pees o' chit" for example - and you risk simply making a good movie about a guy clawing his way to the top of the criminal underworld. And that's not the "Scarface" that inspired a million terrible tattoos and half the merchandise at Spencer Gifts.

But I stand by my reaction. I'm in. If it was say, Wes Anderson or Disney doing it, I'd say no. But the Coen Brothers are the perfect people to put this thing together. "True Grit" was a remake nobody thought they needed until they did it, and it lives up to the original, if it doesn't surpass it. Plus, while I haven't seen his other movies, Luca Guadagnino's "Suspiria" was a good update of one of the most twisted and surreal horror movies ever made. So that's a yes from me. 

Do it, Hollywood. The world is Tony Montana's.

P.S. I'll take that "Lord of the Flies," while Guadagnino is at it. One of the great novels of all time and it still hasn't gotten a good treatment on film.