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'Scarface' remake moving forward with 'Straight Outta Compton' screenwriter attached

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Universal is continuing with its Scarface remake and has brought on Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman to do the rewrite, EW has confirmed.

The remake is presented as a new and original take on the immigrant story, which led to films in 1932 and 1983. The 1983 version, released by Universal, told the story of Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) who arrives in Miami in the ’80s with nothing and works his way up to become a powerful drug lord. This was the film in which Pacino would utter the iconic phrase, “Say hello to my little friend.”

Paul Attanasio and David Ayer had written previous drafts of the film, which will be set in Los Angeles and explore an immigrant’s rise in the criminal underworld.

Herman has been utilized by Universal before in Straight Outta Compton and is currently working on both The Demonologist and The Birds remake at Universal.

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