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David Ayer to script Scarface remake


Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Ayer, of Training Day fame, is to script a planned remake of Scarface.

The new version will update the original 1929 novel by Armitage Trail into a contemporary setting and won’t seek to copy Brian De Palma’s 1982 classic, starring Al Pacino.

Ayer believes there are enough opportunities contained within the themes of both films to make the central Scarface character relevant to modern audiences.

Ayer told Deadline: “I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino version and found some universal themes.

“I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but both films had a specificity of place, there was unapologetic violence, and a main character who socially scared the shit out of people, but who had his own moral code. Each was faithful to the underworld of its time.

“There are enough opportunities in the real world today that provide an opportunity to do this right. If it was just an attempt to remake the 1983 film, that would never work.”

Ayer added that the project was one that he actively sought to get, describing the opportunity as a long-held fantasy for him.

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