Say hello to my little Scarface remake
The much-loved 1983 Al Pacino-starring version of Scarface (which was itself a remake of the 1932 original) seems to be getting yet another shot at a new life. The idea of a new version has been floating around Hollywood for a while. Screenwriters like Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala), Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton), Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show), as well as Joel and Ethan Coen, have all taken a turn with the material, and filmmakers like David Ayer and Antoine Fuqua were both attached at various points. But now the reins have been handed to Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) and all we can think about is how we need a queer Tony Montana right now, in a setting that involves the influence the ’83 film has had on hip-hop culture, as well. It can be accomplished just as easily as any other premise, and it should. It’ll add a whole new dimension to the “Be Gay Do Crimes” meme, and that’s what cinema needs.
Justin Vivian Bond enters Sandman
You’re a responsible person. You’re still in quarantine. Maybe you’re stuck inside a house full of people from whom you could use a little break. That’s where the world of headphones comes in, and Audible – the audiobook and spoken-word entertainment powerhouse – has announced a new audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling graphic novel series, The Sandman, to take you away from all this. Gaiman is known for turning the metaphysical into the physical, so when we say that the plot involves the human manifestation of all dreams and desires, please just accept that this is possible because explaining more would take all day. Queer entertainer Justin Vivian Bond is part of the huge all-star voice cast, and that’s wonderful news; Bond is joined by Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, Michael Sheen and many others. The first part drops in July and will extend through at least the first three volumes of the series, so here’s to many, many hours of private listening.
Romeo San Vicente can be your private dancer via Zoom.