Remember how a few months ago we reported that Antoine Fuqua was going to remake Scarface for Universal? You know, the same cult classic that Brian De Palma and Al Pacino reimagined back in the early ’80s and continues to be the go-to gangster film for anyone who loves gangster films? Okay, good.
Well, the studio is so confident with Jonathan Herman’s screenplay that they’ve now hired veteran screenwriter Terence Winter to “polish” things up. To be fair, this is a nice power move on their part, as the guy’s a mastermind of the genre, having helped create prized series like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
As previously reported, Fuqua’s remake plans on taking the tired rags-to-riches story of power and corruption and moving the coked up action from Miami to Los Angeles. The focus will also be on a Mexican immigrant, which admittedly should go well with the current and future political climate. Oh brother.
This has been a polarizing year for Winter. Although he was booted off HBO’s Vinyl, which was then subsequently canceled, he’s currently attached to three biopics: Andy Warhol with Jared Leto, Mike Tyson with Jamie Foxx, and an untitled LeBron James feature that’s in no way, shape, or form premature.
Meanwhile, Fuqua’s latest remake, The Magnificent Seven starring Denzel Washington, is currently in theaters.