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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Uh-oh, where will 'Scarface' be from this time?

Another "Scarface" in the works? Apparently so, which means it's time to prepare for yet another criminal immigrant stereotype antihero.

The Atlantic Wire picked up a piece from Deadline New York yesterday reporting that Universal Pictures is developing a third version of the film, the most recent one a 1983 version starring Al Pacino as a Cuban immigrant fresh from the Mariel boatlift - a top-of-the-news immigration issue three years earlier - turned bloodthirsty Miami cocaine kingpin. The "Scarface" tradition began in 1932, when Paul Muni portrayed a similar bad apple, but Italian and in Chicago.

Which immigrant group will get the Scarface treatment this time? According to Deadline New York, the new film "is not intended to be a remake or a sequel," but it will still be about immigrants behaving badly. From the post:

It will take the common elements of the first two films: An outsider, an immigrant, barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition.

The studio is keeping the specifics of where the new Tony character comes from under wraps at the moment, but ethnicity and geography were important in the first two versions.

" www.deadline.com

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