After “Suspiria”, Luca Guadagnino’s next remake will be Coen’s “Scarface”

After "Suspiria", Luca Guadagnino's next remake will be Coen's "Scarface"
Luca Guadagnino and Tilda Swinton on the set of Suspiria (2018). Photo by Sandro Koop

The new Scarface movie has been in the works for quite a few years already. Several directors, like David Ayer and Antoine Fuqua, have been attached to the project along these years, and several drafts of the script have been penned, earlier by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala (2019)), Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton (2015)), and Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco (1997), Sphere (1998)), with the version written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen being the final one. Last week, Deadline announced that the confirmed director chosen to be in charge of the new remake is Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino.

Scarface (1932), also known as Scarface: The Shame of the Nation, was a violent gangsters film directed by Howard Hawks and based on the novel of the same title written by Armitage Trail in 1929, and published in 1930. The movie centered Tony Camonte, a criminal who violently rises through the Chicago gangland. It was starred by Paul Muni and Ann Dvorak, and included Boris Karloff in a supporting role. The film was a huge success and it already had a remake, the popular classic directed by Brian De Palma Scarface (1983), written by Oliver Stone, where Al Pacino incarnates Cuban refugee Tony Montana, who arrives in 1980s Miami with nothing and rises to become a powerful drug lord. The cast of the remake also included Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and was nominated for 3 Golden Globes.

Luca Guadagnino has been responsible for a good handful of documentaries and films for the last 2 decades, mostly swimming in the waters of drama and better known for his Oscar-nominated film Call Me by Your Name (2017). Until a couple of years ago he surprised the world with his very personal and amazing remake of Dario Argento’s Giallo classic Suspiria (1977). Guadagnino’s Suspiria (2018) was undoubtedly one of the most interesting movies of 2018, a creepy dark witches tale that left the door open for future continuations.

The new Scarface movie, written by the Coen Brothers, will be set in Los Angeles. It will be produced by Dylan Clark for his Dylan Clark Productions. Scott Stuber will executive produce alongside Marco Marabito. SVP Brian Williams will also executive produce for Dylan Clark Productions.

It is unsure when production of the new Scarface remake will start since the director Luca Guadagnino is currently involved in the sequel of his film Call Me by Your Name (2017), entitled Find Me, and has the drama Blood on the Tracks starring Chloë Grace Moretz, already in pre-production.