I’m conflicted about this remake as is and I wrote a few thoughts down in this article titled; Is Antoine Fuqua Remaking Scarface Actually A Great Idea?. so if you haven’t read that one please check it out.
To not repeat too much of what I already said in the article above, Fuqua appears to be the guy for the project and I’ve watched every extra feature on the Scarface blu-ray and Fuqua is actually featured saying how that’s the film that made him want to become the filmmaker that he is today.
Making it timely and relevant is actually the smart play because why remake a film beat by beat when it was already a masterpiece on it’s own? The issue I have with Fuqua (and non-issues) are documented, but it comes down to the script and who’s writing or editing the film because like Zack Snyder, the stylistic approaches are there and done well, but the important components to any film is the writing and editing if you ask me and that’s where Fuqua lacks as a filmmaker.
Getting a Mexican version of the Scarface character is endlessly intriguing to say the least. Talk about timely, you know, with the whole “build a wall” and “they’re all rapists” type of thoughts that go through the minds of people who hate Mexican people. That being said, the idea of an immigrant or person who wants to make it in America and have them gain total power is something that will always be interesting and relevant so the comments make perfect sense, but also come off redundant. Fuqua stated in a recent interview that:
“I read the script they have and it’s actually really interesting and very timely…We’re dealing with a lot of stuff now coming out of Mexico. And again, we still have those issues dealing with the “American Dream”, and the fact that the game is rigged, right? It’s not really an even playing field, but the promise is that it is. The promise is that everyone gets a fair shot, but that’s not always the case. So that’s always relevant, and right now with what’s happening in Mexico, which is where [the main character] comes from — he comes out of Mexico — that’s relevant, especially when you’ve got people talking about putting up walls and other kinds of stuff. We’re still dealing with immigration, we’re still dealing with what would turn someone into Scarface.”
The question beyond the topic of remaking the film is not even the most important question posed here, but rather, who are you getting to play a Mexican Scarface? When looking for a leading man of at least Hispanic or Latino descent, you can go in all different directions, but it all depends on how they want to go with the Scarface established early on. Is he going to be about the same age as a Tony Montana was or will be be even older (or younger)? That’s what I want to know moving forward with this project.
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