In Hollywood, nothing is sacred and proof of that is the consistency in which we see major studios going back to the well to recapture the magic of original films and squeeze every dime possible about of their stories. This is a common case with films like Transformers, as movie buffs tend to hate those types of films anyways, but it becomes a personal attack of sorts when classic films get remade.
Thus is the case with Universal’s Scarface, which will soon be thrice remade in three very different eras. The original 1932 Paul Muni film, directed by the legendary Howard Hawks, was rebooted in 1983 by Brian De Palma, Oliver Stone and Al Pacino and it will again be remade in the 2010s by Universal.
Per The Wrap, the new version of Scarface will take place in modern day Los Angeles and follow the story of a Mexican immigrant’s rise to the top of the modern drug cartel.
“Scarface” will reimagine the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. Universal’s update will be an original story set in modern day Los Angeles that follows a Mexican immigrant’s rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream.
It’s actually interesting to see Scarface be so representative of different eras in gangster crime. The original is regarded as standard 1930s gangster noir while the Pacino remake is representative of the violent drug culture of the 1980s.
Chicago and Miami have been detailed in previous versions and now the Los Angeles is hailed as a gangland haven, it’s not surprising to see Scarface move west to capture yet another era like it has i the past.