Universal Pictures hires Straight Outta Compton writer for Scarface remake
Universal Pictures appear to be pressing ahead with their remake of classic gangster movie Scarface after it was confirmed that Jonathan Herman, who has most recently penned the script for NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, has been hired to work on the script.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new version of the story will be moved to Los Angeles and will be set in contemporary society.
Scarface was first released in 1932 and remade in 1983 with Al Pacino, who starred as Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who goes arrives with nothing to his name, but works his way up to become one of the most powerful drug dealers in Miami.
Herman is not the first writer to have worked on a screenplay for an updated Scarface, with Suicide Squad and Fury director David Ayer and Donnie Brasco writer Paul Attanasio among the scribes who have attempted drafts in the past few years.