It's been 79 years since Howard Hawks brought the Scarface tale into theaters and 28 years since Brian De Palma remade it. Universal Pictures feels another update is in order, with Deadine reporting that the studio has brought in producers Marc Shmuger via his Global Produce banner along with Martin Bregman---a producer of the classic 1983 version---to search for writers to pen an updated version of the tale.
The online trade reports this update is not intended to be a remake or a sequel. It will take the common elements of the first two films: an outsider, an immigrant, barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition. The studio is keeping the specifics of where the new Tony character comes from under wraps at the moment, but ethnicity and geography were important in the first two versions. In the 1932 Scarface, an Italian (Paul Muni) took over Chicago, and in the Brian De Palma-directed remake, a Cuban cornered the cocaine trade in 1980s Miami, only to be consumed by it.