From The Wrap
Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer has been tapped to rewrite Universal Pictures’ new, original take of “Scarface,” TheWrap has exclusively learned. Additionally, “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, who previously left the film, has returned.
Previous drafts of the film were written by white, American writers David Ayer, Jonathan Herman and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — which could have opened up “Scarface” to charges of cultural insensitivity. The new film will reimagine the the 1932 “Scarface” — and the 1983 Brian DePalma version, which starred Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana — as the story of a Mexican drug lord in Los Angeles.
Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Vice President of Production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal, with Dylan Clark producing through his Dylan Clark Productions banner. Scott Stuber will executive produce with Martin Bergman, producer for the 1983 “Scarface.” Vice President of Production Brian Williams will oversee on behalf of Dylan Clark Productions. “Scarface” will be a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. The new film will be set in Los Angeles.