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How we made Deliverance

5 hours ago

John Boorman: ‘Wherever poor Ned Beatty went, people would say: Squeal like a pig! It went on for years’

Warner Bros had acquired the rights to James Dickey’s novel, and, after making Hell in the Pacific in very difficult circumstances, they felt I was the man to take it on. I’d never been to the south before, but the first thing I did was go to meet Dickey. We drafted the screenplay together. Always by correspondence, because whenever we met we never got much done. It was the drinking, really. On one occasion, he came to La to work, but locked himself in a hotel room with a ballerina called Amy Burke.

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- Phil Hoad

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Scarface-off: why another reboot would be a shot in the dark

11 hours ago

Hollywood has already had two cracks at the gangster tale – here’s hoping they look to the 30s original, not De Palma, for inspiration

Just how hungry are we all for another remake of Scarface? I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones we’ve already got, but that won’t stop Universal from remaking it again. They’ve been trying for most of this decade, churning through directors of the reboot persuasion such as Antoine Fuqua of The Equalizer and The Magnificent Seven, and top-table screenwriters of a gangsterish inclination like Paul Attanasio, Terence Winter and the Coen brothers. But now it looks as if they might be getting somewhere, thanks to news that the studio is currently in talks with Training Day scribe and Suicide Squad director David Ayer.

Related: From Gladiator to Scarface: five film heroes to bring back from the dead

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- John Patterson

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