Scarface is a double classic already with Howard Hawks’ original being a sterling example of pre-code gangster films and Brian DePalma’s version perfectly capturing the grandeur of its updated setting. Why the studios want to roll the dice by trying to make a third Scarface film is beyond me, but they do and David Yates, director of the last few Harry Potter movies, is the man they want for it.
The film, which won’t be a reboot or a remake, will be focused on a gangster of some sort so hopefully we’ll be getting more originality than the cribbed movie title suggests, but with Yates that’s hard to see. Both previous directors are guys whose films gush with their own style, but Yates doesn’t have that. He’s a perfectly competent director (State of Play was gripping, but not stylish), but there’s really not much edge to what he does. Hopefully this new Scarface is where he’ll actually show it off.[via Deadline]