The Coen Brothers to Rewrite Scarface Remake, Director Shortlist Revealed

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Earlier this month we learned that director Antoine Fuqua had dropped out of the Scarface remake but that Diego Luna had signed on to star. Since then we’ve been awaiting the announcement of a new director, and although Universal execs are starting to narrow down their choices, there has been another interesting revelation about the project as well. It would appear that Joel and Ethan Coen have been brought in to do some rewrites, although the full extent of those rewrites is currently unclear. Could this remake still turn out to be something great? Hit the jump for more details.

According to Variety, Joel and Ethan Coen are currently polishing the script for Universal’s upcoming Scarface remake. They seem to be doing a lot more screenwriting for hire as of late, having also recently written screenplays for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken as well as Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. They were also hired to do rewrites on a cyberthriller called Dark Web, about the underground online marketplace known as The Silk Road.

As for replacing Antoine Fuqua, THR reports that both David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water) and Peter Berg (Patriots Day) have been meeting with studio execs and are the current frontrunners to direct. Berg obviously has more big budget experience, but MacKenzie would probably cost less and his last film was a huge critical hit that is also up for Best Picture. Either way, Scarface is now scheduled to hit theatres on August 10th, 2018. What do you think, does this news make you more interested in another Scarface remake?

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  • Chris

    Diego Luna eh? With a Coen Bros script? This could be good indeed. I’m assuming with Luna this Scarface will be following a Mexican immigrant instead of a Cuban one.

  • Newtman98

    I just hope this isn’t another example of Hollywood taking an over-the-top, fun movie from back in the day and trying to make a dark, gritty, “everything looks gray” reboot.

  • Ben

    Keep in mind the De Palma Scarface was a remake too.

  • No one important

    They should instead focus on developing a television follow up to their best film.. The Big Lebowski. But obviously you wouldnt call it that.. You would call it The Dude, or Duder, His Dudeness or El Duderino. And I have to say, as a fan, the Coen remakes, not a fan. The Ladykillers was a bit cringey and True Grit, as a western aficionado, not really that impressed. The Dude Abides.. That would work too.

  • Newtman98

    Yeah that’s true. I just feel like modern remakes get all the fun sucked out of them.