Development[ edit ] Oliver Stone pictured in wrote the script for Scarface while struggling with his own addiction to cocaine. Scarface began development after Al Pacino saw the film of the same name at the Tiffany Theater while in Los Angeles. He later called his manager, producer Martin Bregman , and informed him of his belief in the potential for a remake of that film. Lumet had wanted to make a more political story that focused on blaming the current Presidential administration for the influx of cocaine into the United States, and Bregman disagreed with Lumet's views. There's a prohibition against drugs that's created the same criminal class as prohibition of alcohol created the Mafia.