A remake/new version of “Scarface” has been in the works for a while now, but given the Trump administration’s outright hostility to immigrants and seeming embrace of the kind of “war on crime” efforts that have been failing for decades, never has the material seemed so potent with political subtext. Whether or not that makes its way into the movie, we’ll have to see, but certainly, there’s still an opportunity to make that happen.
However, it’ll have to be done without Antoine Fuqua, who has exited the project. Scheduling is the culprit, with the director tied to making “The Equalizer 2” with Denzel Washington, so Universal is searching for a new filmmaker to take it on, while also keeping their plans to start shooting this spring.
Meanwhile, Diego Luna has quietly become attached to the movie, which is an intriguing development. The actor burst to worldwide prominence thanks to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (and, of course, his repeatedly stated desire to touch Jabba The Hutt), and “Scarface” would be quite the role for the actor to dive into — particularly given that the Terence Winter (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”)-polished script is set in contemporary Los Angeles, and follows a Mexican immigrant who searches for power and money. And while I’ve been kinda blasé about another “Scarface,” my interest is certainly piqued with the addition of Luna.
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