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Luca Guadagnino Says His Scarface Remake Will Be ‘Very Timely’

July 12, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Luca Guadagnino is set to direct the Scarface remake written by the Coens, and he says it will be relevant to the current era. Luca Guadagnino received a Best Picture nomination for his last film, Call Be By Your Name, but is also known for his remakes — primarily Suspiria, but also the Italian/French film A Bigger Splash.

Speaking with Variety promoting his upcoming HBO series We Are Who We Are, Guadagnino talked about what drew him to the Scarface remake.

“People claim that I do only remakes, but the truth of the matter is cinema has been remaking itself throughout its existence,” he said. “It’s not because it’s a lazy way of not being able to find original stories. It’s always about looking at what certain stories say about our times. The first “Scarface” from Howard Hawkes was all about the prohibition era. Fifty years later, Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma make their version, which is so different from the Hawkes film. Both can stand on the shelf as two wonderful pieces of sculpture.”

He continued, “Hopefully ours, forty-plus years later, will be another worthy reflection on a character who is a paradigm for our own compulsions for excess and ambition. I think my version will be very timely.”

The Scarface remake was originally set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua but production was delayed and he ultimately dropped out, to be replaced by Guadagnino.