For much of the time that a Scarface remake has been in the works, Antoine Fuqua was to direct Diego Luna as the infamous cinematic druglord. But time has passed, both Fuqua and Luna are out, and there has been a significant new addition: Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino.
Deadline reports Guadagnino will direct Scarface, and he’ll use the most recent rewrite by the Coen Brothers. The new take will follow the same basic premise of a petty criminal’s rise to power through violence, only this version is expected to be set in Los Angeles. Brian De Palma’s 1983 “classic” (I find it overrated as shit) was set in Miami, while the 1932 movie in Chicago.
Guadagnino is an interesting choice. This makes for his second recent remake, following 2018’s Suspiria. Don’t be surprised if he takes some liberties with certain aspects of the story while maintaining the spirit of prior versions. He’s currently working on an HBO miniseries, an adaptation of Lord of the Flies, and a supposed sequel to Call Me By Your Name that I don’t think will ever happen.