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Yes, Really: Universal Remaking a Non-remake of Scarface; Vulture on Unoriginality in Hollywood

Yes, Really: Universal Remaking a Non-remake of Scarface; Vulture on Unoriginality in Hollywood

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Say it ain’t so, but Universal is gearing up for a new version of Scarface. Writers are at work trying to find a way to make this story relevant again. Back in 1983, Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone’s version starring Al Pacino was initially met with skepticism, as it was a remake of the 1932 film produced by Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson. But the remake became a classic in its own right.

Universal is positioning the latest revamp as less of a remake and more of a thematically related film, per Deadline:

“an immigrant barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition.”

What do you think, would “Say hello to my little friend” sound better with a Middle Eastern, African or Asian accent this time? Italy and Cuba have already been checked off the list…

Vulture analyzed the 2012 popcorn stock and this is what they found: “one in three films will be either a remake, reboot, rerelease, sequel, or prequel.” And if you think that’s bad, be comforted knowing that’s better than 2011.

Here’s a taste of the backwash:

No genre is safe from freeze-drying: Action will get Journey (to the Center of the Earth) 2, Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance, and Die Hard 5. Horror will get Underworld Awakening and The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. Not content with $1.8 billion in worldwide grosses from weepy tweens, Paramount will rerelease Titanic, this time in glorious, wallet-shrinking 3-D! Sequels? You like sequels? How about The Expendables 2, Madagascar 3, Step Up 4, or Scary Movie 5? Didn’t care for Relativity’s March remake of Snow White? Give it another chance in June, when Universal releases Snow White and the Huntsman!

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hopeless pedant

Howard Hawks was the co-director of Scarface, and is one of his greatest films (and for me the greatest gangster film ever, better even than The Godfather). Deadline Hollywood did a quick check with IMBd, who has lots of misinformation in their credits (they also have Hawks’ Red River as co-directed), so I guess the information just picked up their error.


What the hell is going on in hollywood. I sticking with independent market from now on. Screw you Hollywood, you’ve been ruined

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