Antonie Fuqua's a name that's been synonymous with crime thrillers down through the years.
He directed Denzel Washington to an Oscar in Training Day and was also responsible for the so-so remake of The Equalizer, again with Denzel Washington. Long story short, the guy knows crime and that's why Universal Studios are in talks with him to direct a remake of Scarface.
Universal have been trying to get Scarface off the ground for a number of years, with a number of names attached to it. There was talk - only talk - of Leonardo DiCaprio taking on a role in it, however that turned out to be patently false. According to a report by Deadline, the idea is to borrow elements from Howard Hawks' 1933 version and Brian DePalma's 1983 version and funnel it into modern-day Los Angeles.
So, thoughts? Remakes are going to happen, whether we like it or not. However, many would argue that Brian DePalma's take on the character was the definitive version of the story and has had a huge impact on popular culture. Not only that, the story itself isn't all that interesting and has been covered many times since 1982.
It's a rags-to-riches story about someone gunning their way to the top by any means necessary. It's Macbeth, basically. So why do we another adaptation of this? That said, Antonine Fuqua is a capable director and the crime genre is undoubtedly his wheelhouse, so why not do it?
No release date has been set, nor has any tentative casting taken place - but we'll keep an eye on this one regardless.