We’ve been hearing about a remake of The Magnificent Seven for quite a while now. The movie is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), and will finally be released this Friday.
Another remake we’ve been hearing about for a long time now is Scarface, a new take on the story told in both the 1932 movie of the same name starring Paul Muni and the 1983 movie of the same name starring Al Pacino. Just last month we found out that Fuqua was in talks to take on that project as well.
Fuqua recently chatted briefly about the movie and where things stand. See what he had to say below.
Fuqua spoke to Fandango about Scarface:
“I read the script they have and it’s actually really interesting and very timely. We’re dealing with a lot of stuff now coming out of Mexico. And again, we still have those issues dealing with the ‘American Dream,’ and the fact that the game is rigged, right? It’s not really an even playing field, but the promise is that it is. The promise is that everyone gets a fair shot, but that’s not always the case. So that’s always relevant, and right now with what’s happening in Mexico, which is where [the main character] comes from — he comes out of Mexico — that’s relevant, especially when you’ve got people talking about putting up walls and other kinds of stuff. We’re still dealing with immigration, we’re still dealing with what would turn someone into Scarface.
They all leave these small countries, and it’s hard to become Scarface unless you’re someone like El Chapo. It’s hard to become that guy in America. But what happens when you have a guy who has that same appetite and the doors keep getting shut in his face? What happens when he only knows one thing, for sure — which is how to go and take it? I just think being disenfranchised is dangerous. When people are disenfranchised and delusional, it’s just dangerous. I think it’s more relevant than ever right now, and it can be extremely entertaining. So we’ll see.”
Fuqua was also asked about whether or not familiar faces like Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke will once again return for Scarface:
“So far, no. We still need to do the casting and I have to have a couple more meetings on it. I would love to, though! I just haven’t wrapped my head around it yet.”
A sequel to 2014’s The Equalizer was planned for a 2017 release, but according to Fuqua he’ll be doing something else before that. He has numerous projects lined up, so whether that will be Scarface or something else remains to be seen.