Scarface reboot: Luca Guadagnino directing, Coen brothers writing

Luca Guadagnino will direct a reimagining of SCARFACE that's being written by the Coen brothers.
Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface. Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Luca Guadagnino has signed on to direct an upcoming reboot of gangster movie Scarface, which is being written by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Italian filmmaker has earned praise in recent years for his adaptation of Call Me By Your Name and reimagining of horror classic Suspiria

Guadagnino agreeing to direct the film was first reported by Variety, which adds the new film will be a "reimagining of the core immigrant story" set in Los Angeles.

Multiple versions of the story have already been made, but Brian De Palma's 1983 version with Al Pacino is the most famous. It followed the brutal rise and fall of Cuban immigrant Tony Montana as he built a drug empire from scratch.

Originally met with negative reviews and a modest box office result, it went on to develop a large cult following and is said to have had an enormous impact on hip-hop culture. 

One of the special edition DVD releases includes documentary Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic, in which various famous rappers paid tribute to the film.

"That shit was the f**king bible," said Raekwon in the documentary.

"It's one of the hottest movies ever made... I watched this movie 63 times," added Diddy.

"To me Scarface is one of the most influential movies of all time," said Snoop Dogg.

"N***as want to be Tony Montana," added Prodigy of Mobb Deep.

De Palma's movie was a remake of the black and white 1932 film Scarface, which itself was based upon the 1930 novel by Armitage Trail - that was inspired by infamous real-life gangster Al Capone.