With I Am Love, Call Me By Your Name, and Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino has created sweeping, swooning cinema of romance and horror. Now, he’s teaming the Joel and Ethan Coen to reboot Scarface for a new era.
Variety reports the Coen Brothers’ script for Scarface will be helmed by the celebrated Italian director. Like the original 1932 Howard Hawks film and the 1983 Brian De Palma remake, this Scarface will follow an immigrant’s rise to power in organized crime. Rather than being set in Chicago or Miami, Guadagnino’s version will be set in Los Angeles. While the first film followed an Italian immigrant (Paul Muni) and the second a Cuban refugee (Al Pacino), there’s no word yet on the origins of the reboot’s central gangster.
Guadagnino is best-known for arthouse dramas that’s moments are small but heart-grabbingly tender, like the discussion of a penetrated peach or the preparation of a delectable dish. He’s made remakes before with 2015’s critically acclaimed A Bigger Splash and 2018’s Suspiria, which polarized critics and flopped at the box office. So, it’s hard to know what to predict from this in-development project.
Here’s what Film Twitter had to say:
I want to say all sorts of bad things about how unnecessary a remake of Scarface (which is already a remake) is. But then Joel and Ethan Coen have to go and write the damn script!https://t.co/BNGufkecCI— Jennifer M. Wood (@j_m_wood) May 14, 2020
Tell Me By Your Name starring Timothy Chalet and Arnie Hammer pic.twitter.com/KdGECjjsdH— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) May 14, 2020
Say hello to my little friend and I'll say hello to yours— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) May 14, 2020
Luca Guadagnino announcing a Coen bros-scripted SCARFACE remake two days after CAPONE came out pic.twitter.com/QmV5HEdFNh— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 14, 2020
SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND! (pulls out a peach)— David Fear (@davidlfear) May 14, 2020
luca watched DEAD TO ME S2, saw the "women don't watch SCARFACE" shade, and was like, "I VOLUNTEER TO CHANGE THIS NARRATIVE! I WILL DIRECT!!!" (real talk, though, who steps into michelle pfeiffer's shoes? I don't know!) pic.twitter.com/yDAYJ8ppZ9— ✍🏼 roxana | ✊🏼 zivar | ⚒️ hadadi (@roxana_hadadi) May 14, 2020
Scarface remake Timothee Chalamet as Tony Montana and when he says "Say hello to my little friend!" he points to his tiny mustache pic.twitter.com/wOYszhcoi2— dilara (@arthoescinema) May 14, 2020
I'm sure Luca Guadagnino's SCARFACE will be fine, but I'm more curious about Brian De Palma's CALL ME BY YOUR NAME.— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) May 14, 2020
Is it a terrible take to say that remaking Scarface is fine because the '83 remake is bad? 'Cause…uh…— Josh Spiegel (@mousterpiece) May 14, 2020
Cast Tilda Swinton as “Tony Montana” in Luca Guadagnino’s SCARFACE, you cowards.— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 14, 2020
Pretty sure the reboot writers (Joel & Ethan Coen) would go for this too.
Imagine being skeptical of anything Luca Guadagnino plans to make.— Scott Beggs (@scottmbeggs) May 14, 2020
If the new Scarface isn’t extremely gay what is the point of Luca even doing it?— Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) May 15, 2020
Some fans were outraged that Scarface would be remade…even though the one they love is a remake. Some mocked that irony.
I don't want to see the remake of Scarface, The godfather sequel, Good fellas etc.— Guilty Conscience (@iamfictionary) May 15, 2020
They should remain classics!
Free website pic.twitter.com/MuirKaB2H9— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) May 14, 2020
They can reboot Scarface all they want but nothing will ever come close to this masterpiece pic.twitter.com/oSYlWNqIeT— Tamara ♡ (@pacinosangel) May 14, 2020
Don't care if this Scarface is a remake. Pacino made this a classic. Leave it there, don't do anymore. pic.twitter.com/TlsUlPojgl— Bethel (@bfunkmo) May 14, 2020
When you think of Scarface, you think of Al Pacino. When you think of Al Pacino, you think of Scarface. I have absolute no interest in watching anyone else play Scarface. I’m good. pic.twitter.com/ztNGYTLfTs— Shamar English (@english_shamar) May 14, 2020
is “Scarface” good or did we just grow up listening to rappers quoting it?— let's go Ayo (@letsgoayo) May 14, 2020
Who could be the new Scarface? Diego Luna was attached for a time.
First you get the money.— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) May 14, 2020
Then you get the power.
Then you touch the Jabba. pic.twitter.com/ZhqIXU74Yo
@AllLoveHipHop started a rumor that Michael B. Jordan is being eyed, which sparked a range of reactions.
Michael B. Jordan has reportedly been casted to play ‘Tony Montana’ in the new Scarface remake👀🍙 pic.twitter.com/Fbi95RMJOV— All Love Hip Hop (@AllLoveHipHop) May 14, 2020
Michael B. Jordan did an amazing job as Killmonger but will do a colossal disservice as Scarface.— Keiko Warlord 🇯🇲 (@GolferGirl305) May 14, 2020
Scarface doesn't need to be remade.
Somethings need to be alone.
Scarface is that somethings. pic.twitter.com/nlf5TUrroK
First, Robert Pattinson as Batman, Now, Michael B Jordan as Scarface?— wonpeace (@tbhijdgafa) May 15, 2020
Ahh who better to fill Al Pacino's shoes in Scarface than a fellow talented cuban actor like Michael B. Jordan 😊— Shihab (@StfuShihab) May 14, 2020
Michael B. Jordan getting slandered from a tweet with no article link to him actually being cast as the new Scarface. Lmaooo this app. 😭— 👸🏾L E A👸🏾 (@_MissLeandra) May 14, 2020
But our own Roxana has an intriguing proposition: Oscar Isaac.
oscar isaac has to get cast in the scarface reboot, right? I don't know! maybe I'm wrong! I just … feel like this could happen.— ✍🏼 roxana | ✊🏼 zivar | ⚒️ hadadi (@roxana_hadadi) May 15, 2020
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