It’s being reported that Universal has brought in Terence Winter to work on the screenplay for Scarface. The movie is a long in-development new take on the immigrant rags to riches premise of both the 1932 and 1983 movies of the same name.
Winter is best known as a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos, and writer, executive producer, and creator of Boardwalk Empire, both with HBO. He was also nominated for an Academy Award writing the script for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and was a creator, writer, and executive producer on HBO’s short-lived Vinyl, among other things.
Though Winter has been hired, it’s not to write the Scarface screenplay from scratch. He’ll actually be doing a polish of the most recent draft of the script, which was penned by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton, Ghost in the Shell).
The remake is being directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Southpaw), who directed the recently released remake of The Magnificent Seven.
Fuqua talked about the project recently, revealing that the main character this time around will be from Mexico:
â€œI read the script they have and itâ€™s actually really interesting and very timely. Weâ€™re dealing with a lot of stuff now coming out of Mexico. And again, we still have those issues dealing with the â€˜American Dream,â€™ and the fact that the game is rigged, right? Itâ€™s not really an even playing field, but the promise is that it is. The promise is that everyone gets a fair shot, but thatâ€™s not always the case. So thatâ€™s always relevant, and right now with whatâ€™s happening in Mexico, which is where [the main character] comes from â€” he comes out of Mexico â€” thatâ€™s relevant, especially when youâ€™ve got people talking about putting up walls and other kinds of stuff. Weâ€™re still dealing with immigration, weâ€™re still dealing with what would turn someone into Scarface.
They all leave these small countries, and itâ€™s hard to become Scarface unless youâ€™re someone like El Chapo. Itâ€™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 â€” which is how to go and take it? I just think being disenfranchised is dangerous. When people are disenfranchised and delusional, itâ€™s just dangerous. I think itâ€™s more relevant than ever right now, and it can be extremely entertaining.”
It’s not clear yet if the movie will be next for Fuqua or not. He has multiple projects lined up, including a possible return for the sequel to his 2014 hit The Equalizer with his Magnificent Seven and Training Day star Denzel Washington set to reprise his role from the original.