It was revealed that Universal Studios have hired the Coen brothers to revise the current screenplay of the Scarface reboot.
The Oscar-winning brothers are to start their new project soon. Joel and Ethan Coen are known for directing and writing screenplays for Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, True Grit, and Inside Llewyn Davis.
This is not the first time the Coen brothers are working with a script written by someone else. The Coen brothers have experience editing the scripts of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.
Originally, Jonathan Herman, the screenplay author for Straight Outta Compton, had written the screenplay. Later, Terence Winter, the creator of Boardwalk Empire, edited the script.
Scarface is a story by Armitage Trail about an immigrant seizing power in the criminal world by gaining control over illegal businesses. The first version of the movie was released in 1932, where Paul Muni played a gangster of Italian origin in the times of the Prohibition in the US.
The most popular version, released in 1983, was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. Al Pacino’s role as the Cuban immigrant Tony Montana taking over the Miami cocaine business in the 1980s has become one of his best performances. This film is often referred to as one of the best gangster films ever made, winning accolade from influential directors like Martin Scorcese.
At the moment, the reboot of Scarface does not have a director, since the initially assigned Antoine Fuqua has left the project. Instead of directing the reboot, Fuqua will work on the sequel of The Equalizer. Currently, the studio is looking for a new director. The famous role once played by Al Pacino will be performed by Diego Luna, who is known for his appearance in Rogue One.
Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark will produce the new version of the movie.