We still don’t know much about the new Scarface reboot, but a few facts are out there. Training Day filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is in talks to direct, and it’s set in Los Angeles instead of Miami. While that might come as an unwanted surprise to some and to others great news, there’s a principal question we need to ask: should Scarface get a reboot at all? This year we’ve seen classic movies get the reboot treatment; even in years past, reboots of classic films have mostly tended to disappoint. Is Scarface destined to suffer the same fate?
The Year Of Bad Reboots?
One of the first reboots to hit theaters this year, while acting more as sequel per se than a full reboot, was Independence Day: Resurgence. Taking place 20 years after the original, the story once again takes us to war with intergalactic aliens. While it did succeed somewhat well at the box office, earning 379 million dollars with a 165 million dollar budget, the movie was poor. The plot was over-simplified to appeal to younger audiences and totally missed the emotional aspect that made the original a classic. Ghostbusters was met with similar reactions. But the point isn’t that these movies were considered bad movies; rather, should they have been made in the first place? That is the question surrounding Scarface, with an interesting take nonetheless, that is because… Brian De Palma's Scarface was also a reboot.
Rebooting A Reboot
The original Scarface is set in 1920s Chicago. The protagonist is also named Tony, but instead of dying by the hands of a mad drug lord from Bolivia, Tony is killed by the police after he guns down his sister's future husband, Tony's best friend. Sound familiar? Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic heavily borrowed from the original, and that factor contributed to much of its success, along with De Palma’s directing and Al Pacino’s amazing acting. So should there be a modern take on the Hollywood classic? Yes, absolutely. This is why:
A Line Of Successful Films
The original Scarface was a total success to the point that, according to the book Ben Hecht: The Man Behind the Legend by William MacAdams, even Al Capone himself loved it. The film, which was made in 1932, inspired De Palma’s vision more than 50 years later. As the saying goes, “third time's the charm,” but with the first two being charms themselves (the second gaining prominence in part due to Nas and the hip-hop movement), a third iteration of Scarface would most likely follow the same route. Unlike Ghostbusters and Independence Day, Scarface’s R rating gives screenwriters more creative freedom to tell a darker story.
With the reboot currently set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (who directed Training Day, and most recently The Magnificent Seven), there’s no doubt that it could be great. So far, we know that it will take place in Los Angeles, but we still don’t know who Universal Studios will cast as the new Tony. I would definitely love to see Edgar Ramirez (Point Break, The Liberator) take on the role.
What actor do you want to see as the new Tony? Leave your thought down in the comments!
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