Scarface ALMOST Had a Sequel Starring Tony Montana's Son
Nicholas Grant
Since its release in 1983, Brian De Palma's Scarface (a remake of Howard Hawks' 1932 classic) has gone on to become one of the most iconic crime films of all time. As well as sporting one of Al Pacino's best, most unhinged performances to date as Miami cocaine drug lord Tony Montana, Scarface's cultural impact ranges from its references in hip-hop songs to quotable lines entering the cultural vernacular to its poster being a mainstay at the Jersey Shore house. The gangster epic has truly stood the test of time, which is why a reported sequel, following Tony Montana's son, initially caused a fair amount of excitement.
According to a 2001 post on Aint it Cool News via The Source, a sequel to Scarface was in the works with Brian De Palma and Cuban Link. The prospective sequel was titled Son of Tony and would've starred Link as the son of deceased drug lord Tony Montana. Michelle Pfeiffer was even going to reprise her role as Elvira, Montana's wife who left him near the end of the original film. This developing project was later confirmed by Scarface producer Martin Bregman, who also corroborated the sequel would center around Montana's son.
However, besides these brief mentions, it appears the sequel project entered development hell and never materialized. This is especially tragic given Link's personal connection to the historical events surrounding the 1983 film's plot. Despite the project fizzling out, Link made a 2002 diss track titled "Scarface II," which sampled dialogue from the movie, clearly demonstrating his admiration for the 1983 film. A direct sequel eventually came in the form of the video game Scarface: The World is Yours, which imagines a follow-up where Tony Montana survived the events of the film.
Although Son of Tony never managed to get off the ground, interest for a Scarface continuation has persisted. Directors like Antoine Fuqua and David Ayer have been in talks to direct a reboot script on which the Coen Brothers collaborated. The Coen Brother's script reportedly reimagines the central character as a Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles and even managed to attract Rogue One actor Diego Luna to star. Though buzz about the project has died down, Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino signed on to direct the Coen Brother script last year. The news signals that, unlike Son of Tony, the Scarface reboot is far from dead.