Luca Guadagnino, the Oscar-nominated director behind lush films like Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash, and Suspiria, is currently attached to direct the Scarface remake and now, the filmmaker has discussed his plans to make the film R-rated.
Speaking at the Venice Film Festival (via Collider), Guadagnino discussed what appealed to him about doing Scarface and how he intends to tell a story about the American Dream in the current era using the Tony Montana character.
“The truth is that I’m interested in the Tony Montana character. He’s a symptom of the American Dream. And I think that these movies are made for their times. My own Scarface will arrive 40 years after the previous one. I think the important thing about these movies is not the fact that they’re lush and fundamental like Brian De Palma’s one. The important thing is knowing that Tony Montana is an archetypal character.”
Guadagnino continued to discuss the three steps to success when telling his own version of this story and his intention to make his Scarface a hard R-rated film like Brian De Palma’s 1982 movie.
“The important things are A. It has to be well done, the script has to be great – and it is. B. Our Tony Montana has to be current. I don’t want to imitate anything. C. This movie has to be shocking. I told you about Suspiria and I kept the promise to you then, [and] I think I will surprise you with this movie too. Brian De Palma’s movie was Rated R, so I want a big R on my movie too.”
Although the mob kingpin story has already been told in 1932 and 1983, Guadagnino’s new version will reimagine the core immigrant story told in both films and will see Los Angeles as the setting.
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