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'Scarface' reboot: Pablo Larrain chosen as director

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On Monday, March 24 TheWrap exclusively revealed that director Pablo Larrain is set to direct the upcoming "Scarface" reboot, which will be a retelling of the original story in modern times. The Universal film will take place in Los Angeles and follow a Mexican immigrant who achieves success rising in the ranks as a criminal.

The story is based on the 1929 novel "Scarface" by Armitage Trail, which follows rival gangs as they take over a city. The book inspired a 1932 film starring Paul Muni as Antonio Camonte, and took place in 1920s Chicago. The film was remade by Brian De Palma in 1983 with Al Pacino in the lead role as Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who tries to take over 1980s Miami.

The reboot already has a completed script, which was penned by two-time Oscar nominee Paul Attanasio. Marty Bregman, who produced the 1983 version, will also be a producer on the reboot. Marc Shmuger will also produce and Jon Mone and Jay Polidore will oversee the movie for Universal.

Larrain mostly recently directed "No," a 2012 Academy-Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. There is no casting news but producers are looking to cast a Latino who is bilingual. The lead role will also be named Tony, but will be given a new last name. The film will explore more about Tony's past and reveal the cause of his physical and emotional pain. The new film does not currently have a projected start date or release date.

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