Is a Scarface Remake Necessary?
As Hollywood progresses on to green light over and over we never question that, but every time a remake or reboot of a series or classic gets the green light we're quick to say "we don't need it" or the typical "Hollywood is running out of ideas" jive talk, there isn't anything wrong with remaking or rebooting a movie/franchise, as long as it's done right, but I also agree that some movies shouldn't be touched either, there's plenty of original films that make its way onto the big screen, but the comic book, remakes, reboots, biopics and sequels have the spotlight too and that's not a bad thing at all.
There has been some interesting news in Hollywood the past week and one of the key headlines that broke out was the classic movie 'Scarface' is getting ANOTHER remake and has potentially found its director, the reason I say another remake is because the Scarface film that everybody knows which introduces us to Tony Montana in Miami was released in 1983, but people always forget that Scarface is a remake of the 1932 version, yes it's sort of a different plot, location, premise and characters, things are different from both movies except the main character is named Tony, all that changes is the last name.
Last week reports were floating around that Universal has found its a director to helm the new Scarface project and that director is no other than Training Day's own Antoine Fuqua, when news broke that Fuqua might sign on after his version of Magnificent Seven is released next month, Fuqua caught a lot of bullshit from these low budget critics out here, all you heard was "oh he's gonna cast a black lead like always" and other bullshit, and to be honest what the hell is wrong with a black Scarface?, we have seen plenty of "hood movies" trying to emulate Scarface it's damn near comedy, why not let a studio like Universal give Fuqua the big budget and make it his way into a modern day classic for the new generation. Fuqua has some hit and underrated films in the stash, yes Training Day is his highlight and classic and when you think about it Alonzo was the cop version of Scarface, I enjoyed Southpaw, The Equalizer, Shooter, and Olympus Has Fallen, but Fuqua's most underrated movie ever is Brooklyn's Finest, it's as gritty and dark as Training Day and deserved more respect and I recommend you watch it, think of as an anthology sequel to Training Day, just set in New York.
This time from reports it's looking like he new Scarface will take place in Los Angeles, when reports in 2011 came out about the remake it was rumored that this movie will revolve around a Mexican coming over to LA ala Montana in Miami, this will probably switch up now who knows. With Scarface being set in LA this time around its going to have the Training Day feel to it, Suicide Squad's director David Ayer has wrote a draft for the new Scarface and if Fuqua signs on to direct this will reunite them both for what they did with Training Day, so far if this happens I have no problem with another remake of Scarface, it's all going to come down to casting now, Denzel Washington has his Scarface moment in American Gangster too, I don't think he wants to go back to that kind of role (yet), you already know who I'm going to say should take the lead and that's no other Will Smith, we seen him play a comic book villain with Deadshot this year and he killed it, he was the highlight, but we have yet see him really blow someone's brains out and become a ruthless psychopath he could really be, he did it in Bad Boys 2 as Mike Lowry and that was fire but he was a cop, Will is slowly making chess moves in Hollywood right now from Focus in 2015 to Concussion, Suicide Squad, the upcoming Collateral Beauty, Bright, and hopefully Bad Boys 3 aka now Bad Boys for Lif3 and Bad Boys 4, but Will Smith needs a "King Kong ain't got shit on me!" moment and him becoming the new generation's Scarface would be perfect, let's hope somebody like David Ayer or Antoine Fuqua approaches him with the idea.
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