David Ayer will write the new Scarface

The news is out. David Ayer is hired to write the new Scarface for Universal Pictures. The new version will put a contemporary spin on the outlaw tale released in 1932, starring Paul Muni as the Italian who took over Chicago,, and then was turned into the spectacularly violent 1983 film, starring the amazing Al Pacino as Tony Montana, a Cuban who took over the cocaine trade in 1980s Miami.

The new film will be produced by Marc Shmuger and his Global Produce banner along with Martin Bregman, who produced the Brian De Palma-directed version. When the studio gave the green light to the project in late September, the intention easn't to do a remake as much as to join the common elements of the two films with a contemporary crime context. So... The focus is on an outsider, an immigrant perhaps who barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted-at-every-turn version of the American dream, becoming the kingpin through a campaign of violent ambition.

David Ayer told deadline New York,

“This is a fantasy for me, I can still remember when I saw the film at 13 and it blew my mind, I sought it out; I went after it hard. I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. 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 takes on the job after completing End Of Watch, the Exclusive Media Group-funded drama that Ayer wrote, directed and produced. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as LAPD partners and best friends who navigate their work and personal lives.

Let us know what you think? Are you excited for the new Scarface? Leave a comment below.