According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has set Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman to perform a script rewrite on its upcoming reboot of Scarface, to be helmed by Chilean director Pablo Larrain (No). Herman will fine-tune the screenplay that was already written by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and David Ayer (Suicide Squad).
Originally directed for the screen by Howard Hawks in 1932, the story of a gangster’s rise to power was based on the 1929 Armitage Trail novel of the same name. In 1983, Brian De Palma offered a modernized update of the story with Al Pacino in the lead, which is the version best known today.
Now, producers Martin Bregman and Marc Shmuger (the former of which produced De Palma’s version) are moving forward with a third big screen take on Scarface, which will follow a Mexican lead in present-day Los Angeles. The character will keep the first name of Tony from the De Palma version, but will have a different last name.