On Twitter, I was discussing the ridiculousness of remakes and sequels. We now have Star Wars, Mad Max, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner and even Scarface in the works. Just Nuke Hollywood. Not for the filth and propaganda but for lack of creativity in doing so. The Scarface idea blows my mind because Scarface itself was a remake of an old gangster film but set in the Miami 'Cocaine Cowboys' era. Oliver Stone being a coke guy helped when he wrote the script, but Miami itself is a star. If they remake it, do they do it retro? If they do that, it will be in the shadow of the original and fail. There is no specific location tied to our current problem drugs. Portland, Oregon for heroin? A flyover country town for meth? Meth peaked years ago. Here's a pitch.
Asian-American student grows up on the west coast. Not stereotypical math genius Chinese kid. Regular American kid listening to '80s/'90s music. Ends up in armed forces. Finds it weird how the US runs security on poppy fields in Afghanistan. Comes back after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and goes to mandatory counseling BS courses. Thinks it is a joke. While in those sessions, finds out buddies have been popping oxys like candy and some go to narcotics anonymous. Finds out more have been dipping into heroin. He won't do drugs, good Asian kid, family pressure to make some cash and strive.
What does he do? Works way into heroin distribution network. Calls the shit they are getting terrible quality, screwing up customers. He has that striver in him. Uses fact he can speak Chinese to work as the import-export expert for the heroin infrastructure. Surfer buddy acts as Anglo face. Start importing heroin from Chinese through Western ports. Sets up base in Portland for more central location on West coast. Need montage of skrillex sounding shit over shots of importing with legit looking business up front. Has harem of heroin junkies. Tatted up white girls, vegans, some tiny Asians, he's swimming in it. Starts using. Gets relationship with hot blonde played by Amber Heard, but her womb is so polluted she cannot provide him with a hapa son. Sets up money laundering scheme for Chinese to buy property with their illicit gains. All goes well until heroin overdoses trigger the hippy Oregon governor to go after them if the feds won't do it. Chinese (do we make it the triads?) order a hit. Doesn't do it because "Greg Chen doesn't kill kids!!!" Starts using heroin heavily. Finds his sister is now waifu of Surfer buddy. Kills him. Eventually is hunted down by Chinese using former American vets who now work private security.
*Will never happen. Asian lead required.