Scarface, alongside The Godfather, has become the de facto gangster film in pop culture and rap circles. Seriously, who hasn’t seen Scarface, or at least seen/heard a reference from the Brian de Palma/Al Pacino version of the film? One of my favorite one-liners from Spring Breakers was when James Franco, as Alien, busted out the, “I got Scarface on repeat,” satirizing mainstream rap culture’s propensity to praise the film back when Cribs was on air.
However, it’s been 30 years since the de Palma version came out (and 81 years since the original version!), and we all know Hollywood is cyclical, especially as we ride the wave of remakes, reboots, and the over-saturation of sequels. Word has arisen that Universal and David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) are in talks to bring a proposed Scarface reboot to the big screen. No plot details or other names have been announced, but the general premise would be to update the story to fit modern times.
How do you all feel about this? While I haven’t seen the original 1932 version, the de Palma/Pacino version has become iconic, and any attempt to mess with that legacy might be met with vitriol from those diehard Scarface fans who really do have the film on repeat.