Scarface, the timeless tale of the coke-hustling Cuban made famous by Al Pacino, is hopping on the reboot train.

Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has hired Training Day writer David Ayer to pen the remake, and spoke to the scribe about his ambitions for the project, and why he took on the challenge of remaking the iconic film: 

"I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino version and found some universal themes. I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but both films had a specificity of place, there was unapologetic violence, and a main character who socially scared the shit out of people, but who had his own moral code. Each was faithful to the underworld of its time."

Ayer hopes to shop the script to distributors and find a home for it by the end of 2011. Meanwhile, we're thinking about who will be in contention for the role of Tony Montana. Angrily pounding piles of cocaine is a hard job, and we're wondering who has the chops to do it!

[via Deadline]