Classic gangster film Scarface could be up for a remake, 35 years after it hit theaters.


The 1983 film and its star Al Pacino made “say hello to my little friend” a household phrase, and character Tony Montana is still beloved in the hip hop community. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua is reportedly in talks with Universal Pictures about creating a remake, according to Deadline.

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The movie tells the story of Montana, a Cuban immigrant who is granted a green card to live in the U.S. in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official. Once in Miami, Montana quickly becomes one of the kings of the drug trade business. His rags-to-riches story has been attractive to many rappers, with JAY-ZNas, BiggieRaekwon and Mob Deep all referencing Montana in their songs.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Diego Luna has reportedly shown interest in playing the lead role, though nothing official has come through. The new film would move the immigrant story to a contemporary Las Angeles setting. Most recently, the script has been written by a team of David AyerJonathan Herman and Joel and Ethen Coen. Original producer Marty Bregman is also in talks to executive produce the remake.

Fuqua explained his desire to remake the film to Deadline. “There are stories about that world that you couldn’t make up. Pablo Escobar had animals from Africa and they still don’t know how he got them. Right now they’ve been trying to figure out how to deal with the growing population of what they call cocaine hippos. It’s crazy. Their lives are so over the top, El Chapo and the rest of those guys,” the director said.

“But how do you make him the icon of icons? Because we have a high bar for movie icons with Al Pacino’s Tony Montana and Michael Corleone… I have met a lot of these cartel dudes and understand their mentality, and this f–ked up version of Robin Hood. I saw it with guys I grew up with. It starts with, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do to feed my family. Then it turned into, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do to survive. Then it turned into, I want it all. Your moral compass gets lost in the darkness and excess.”

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