If your first reaction to talk of a "Scarface" reboot is "Dammit. Why can't Hollywood leave this one well enough alone?" then first of all welcome to the club, and secondly you haven't been paying attention. Nothing — and we do mean nothing — is sacred in modern day Tinseltown, friends. It's a business of reduxes and spin-offs and remastering and endless sequeling galore, and even something like "Scarface," a masterpiece of criminal theater and a go-to showcase of Al Pacino's Al Pacino-ness, is on the table.*
Deadline reports that the studio has, after bringing in several writers, gotten a script together for the pic and is now eyeing Yates to take the helm. A source explains, "Universal has been through a couple of drafts and now is very high on the current draft. The first stop is the director. This is before any conversations on talent or timing."
Reportedly, the new take will honor the "Scarface" tradition of picking big city locales and having the ethnicity of the main character become a big portion of the story.
Yates, formerly a TV series director by trade, helmed the final four installments to the "Potter" franchise, "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince" and "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
*In this case, it doesn't exactly help the cause against a reboot that the '83 classic was itself a re-imagining of the '32 version (which itself was based on a book, no less). De Palma's version replaced Howard Hawks' Chicago set with the mean streets of Miami and made the titular antihero a criminal Cuban refugee who builds a cocaine empire, rather than a bootlegging Italian crime boss from the South Side.