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Scorsese and DiCaprio To Work Together Again for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET! Plus SILENCE!

Nordling here.

So far, the partnership of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio has done well for both of them, even going so far as to get Scorsese that elusive Oscar for THE DEPARTED (that he should have gotten for RAGING BULL, but who's counting).  If it hasn't hit the great highs of the Scorsese/De Niro partnership yet, well, there's still time and I think they work well with each other, giving us some damn good movies - the aforementioned DEPARTED, GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE AVIATOR, and last year's SHUTTER ISLAND.  Now it looks like they are going to get together once again for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, based on the non-fiction book by Jordan Belfort, according to Vulture.  The book is a documentation of Belfort's rise as a stockbroker in the 1990s who committed securities fraud and money laundering, who as the book's cover says, "partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived my rise and fall as an American Entrepreneurial Icon."  The story was the inspiration for BOILER ROOM, so you could see how Scorsese and DiCaprio would be interested in making it.  It sounds like the Wall Street version of GOODFELLAS.

They will be independently funding the project, with Terrence Winter (BOARDWALK EMPIRE) executive producing, with Winter writing the script as well.  But first, Scorsese will be shooting SILENCE, a film he's been wanting to make since the 1990s, and honestly that film sounds amazing as well.  SILENCE, based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, is about Jesuit missionaries sent to 17th century Japan, and Scorsese has been circling the project since 1998.  Scorsese going to get his Kurosawa on?  I'm all for it.  At one point Benicio Del Toro and Daniel Day-Lewis were both attached, but it's unclear if they are still involved with the project.  It seems that Del Toro is still attached, but Day-Lewis is going to be filming LINCOLN with Steven Spielberg, and he normally only signs with one project at a time.  I'm sure he'd love to work with Scorsese again, though.
Scorsese seems to have gotten his second wind, turning out consistently interesting films and doing amazing work.  I'm very curious to see what Scorsese does with 3D in HUGO CABRET, and with these two projects it doesn't look like the master filmmaker is slowing down anytime soon, which can only be good for us.
Nordling, out.

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  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by bee152

    Love everything he's been doing in the last ten years.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by bee152

    I love everything he's ever done but the last ten years have been a different period for him.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Very cool, also looking forward to..

    by TinDrummer

    The George Harrison documentary which has been in post-production for a long time.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    The Irishman?

    by LordBond

    These all sound very interesting, but what about The Irishman? Pacino, DeNiro & Pesci! That's the film I want. As long as we get it eventually, I suppose I'm happy to wait for him to make 3 other films first. It's a good time to be a Scorsese fan.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The Irishman

    by TinDrummer

    Shouldn't wait too long to make this, people involved aren't getting any younger. And time is not making Marty more interested in his held back movie ideas (like Dino, Sinatra and the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt). They get abandoned.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    He's Going To Announce Something Amazing Some Day, Then Die

    by Crow3711

    And it's going to suck ass more than anything has ever sucked ass. I don't think it'll be any of these. Hopefully, god willing, he's got another 4-5 years left. But I know, at some point, there's going to be something I desperately want him to make, and then he'll die. I can't ever bear the thought of Scorsese being dead. What will movies even mean anymore? It's like of Kubrick was still alive, but made films more than once a decade, and then died. It'll be such an unfillable void.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    ANOTHER remake ?!

    by j_difool

    The DiCaprio era of Scorsese's oeuvre can clearly be seen as his B-side of lesser work. He's becoming just another Hollywood filmmaker, steadily with each new film. He needs to team up with great writers again, like Schrader and Mardik Martin. None of this William Monahan business. How hard is it to adapt a remake anyway? Fucking child's play. And why is Scorsese so obsessed with making movies that have already been made? There is already a very highly regarded film version of Silence by Masahiro Shinoda that I am sure Scorsese has seen dozens of times. Find an original story !!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Seriously, Marty? This is the ONLY actor you can work with now?

    by Coughlins Laws

    Really? Nothing against Leo, he aint bad and can sometimes be really good, but there are so many good actors out there...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Every "Marty" film since Casino has been shit

    by TheDarkKnight

    Kundun? Pretentious and boring. Bringing out the dead? Too flashy, no structure. Gangs of New York? They butchered the magnificent Jay Cocks screenplay. The Aviator? Bland, hard to sympathise with any character. The Departed? Everybody trying too hard, Nicholson OTT, Farmiga out of her depth, poor script. Shutter Island? Shit Island.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Great! Always good to hear Scorsese news

    by kafka07

    We're so lucky this guy is still around and still making incredible films. And I hate it when people say DiCaprio isn't a good actor. Even if you don't like his acting, you gotta respect the guy for being in four (and eventually to be in six) Scorsese films!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Leo Dicaprio is Marty's new Bobby Deniro!

    by Caesar

    I think he should remake Raging Bull with Leo, or at least team up with Lucas and super impose him into the movie. Caesar

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    I've got a soft spot for "Boiler Room"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Kind of a fun little flick, a poor man's "Wall Street." Whatever you do next, Marty, I'll see, but you have a lot to make up for after "Shutter Island."

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Well fuck you, Scorsese

    by dante76

    I thought you were done sucking Di Caprio's cock, but obviously not...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    What he really should have won the Oscar for:

    by ConeSpinner

    Goodfellas. If you make the greatest film in movie history, you deserve an award. Just sayin'

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Boiler Room kicks ass

    by BanditDarville

    The scene showing all the dudes watching Wall Street and hanging on Gecko's words the same way a bunch of wannabe gangstas worship Tony Montana is brilliant.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Everyone who thinks the last 10-20 of Marty have been lesser...

    by Sardonic

    are probably an absolute minimum of 30 years old. Only older people think movies like The Departed aren't as good (and in some ways, better than) Goodfellas, etc. It's natural, a sign of the times. Guaranteed, when my generation is in the late 30's-50's demographic, the shit we grew up with will be untouchably perfect (No Country For Old Men, The Departed, The Social Network, There Will Be Blood, etc.) and all the new stuff just "won't be as good".

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by Sardonic

    Doesn't Scorcese announce a "new movie" every like six months? How often do they actually get made? Not that I wouldn't like this, but I do agree that the DiCap/Scor tag-team is getting a bit tired. Use some other actors for christssake.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    As a die-hard Scorsese fan...

    by Plathismo

    ...I feel he hasn't made an out-and-out masterpiece since 'The Age of Innocence.' And to Sardonic--yes, I'm over 30. Nearly 40, in fact. I guess it makes a difference if you saw 'Goodfellas' in a theater on its first run. There was just nothing like it, but it's been so widely imitated since then that it becomes harder for new audiences to recognize its achievement with each passing year. Scorsese has even imitated it himself--for all its ambition, 'Casino' generally comes off like a flashy, pale imitation of it. 'Kundun' and 'Gangs' are as close as he's gotten to making a masterpiece since, but it's still hard for me to fully embrace either. Wish they'd come out in decent blu-ray versions, though. 'The Aviator,' 'The Departed' and 'Shutter Island' felt like films that any number of competent directors could have made. None of them are bad--they have flashes of greatness. But none of them hit it out of the park, at least for me. When I hear Scorsese is teaming with DiCaprio again, it's a bit like hearing Spielberg is shooting another David Koepp script. The results will probably be pretty solid, but it's hard to get really excited (even though I am a DiCaprio fan). At this point, I want Scorsese to blow out the cobwebs by doing as many "departure" projects as possible. That's why I'm pretty optimistic about "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," and "Silence."

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Scorsese still rocks...


    Shutter Island was not so good. Kundun, Bringing out the Dead, Aviator = excellence. Gangs of New York was his greatest recent film. I think he is just held to a higher standard than most. Casino was great, but kind of a Goodfellas Lite. I liked the Departed but it just bugs me that this was his Oscar winner, not Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver or one of my personal favorites, Last Temptation of Christ.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Both sound good

    by double_l88

    Both sound intresting. Leonardo, is really a sure thing when it comes to movies in the last 5 years. He more than anything really revived Scorsese's career.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Only somebody called 'thedarkknight'

    by kwisatzhaderach

    would think that all Scorsese's films since Casino have been shit. If only Scorsese could make films as good as Nolan huh?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for 'Silence'

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Sounds awesome, and Scorsese is a massive Kurosawa nut.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    SILENCE is an awesome book...

    by madmaximustdie

    Seriously contemplative film with a religiously shocking ending... haunted me for a year after finishing the book... can't wait to see it...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    i thought he said he was going to do movies for younger ages

    by stu_pickles

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    I want Scorsese to start a RiffTrax-type website

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    where he sells mp3 commentary tracks for films. I like his movies, but I love his insights on other movies.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    John Waters should do the same thing.

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    Commentary track gold: Scorsese, Waters, John Carpenter.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I Like Leo

    by christpunchers2007

    but can't they go with someone else? He's a bit over exposed, even though he is excellent.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    ticket sold.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    scorsese : movies :: flaming lips : music

    by PotSmokinAlien

    been doing it for decades-- evolve with the times-- aint slowing down-- sometimes slipping-- sometimes genius-- never boring.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    jordan belfort

    by eaze

    is an amazing subject for a film.i'm a ny stockbroker and worked @ several of jordy's firms in the 90's.boiler room-while way more accurate than wall street-only scratched the surface of the insanity that went on back then.the man controlled several firms,made multimiullionaires out of guys str8 off the street and lived a completely insane life.scorcese is the perfect director for this-he should do it b4 some japanese historical bs.this could easily be as good as or better than goodfellas.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    What would Dickie Greenleaf make of all this?

    by CountryBoy

    Anybody remember Dickie? Scorsese apologist par excellence, who poured forth digital reams in praise of his idol, and said of GANGS OF NEW YORK something like "No film this year reached so high, or achieved so much"? I wonder what the vanished Dickie Greenleaf would say about movies like SHUTTER ISLAND and THE DEPARTED, or Scorsese's endless announcements that never bear fruit; or his repetitive relationship with Leo, he of the perpetually furrowed brow? I mean whatever you want to say of De Niro, there's no obvious connection between Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta, Jimmy Conway, Max Cady and -- well, Ace Rothstein and Jimmy, okay, but they were *subtly* different. But DiCaprio's characters in GANGS, AVIATOR, DEPARTED and SHUTTER -- and how significant is it that other than Howard Hughes, I can only remember the name of the SHUTTER ISLAND one, and only from the oft-repeated trailer ("Pull yourself together, Teddy")? -- those are all basically the same guy, intense, humorless, driven, unstable (except for GANGS-Leo)... Is there any defending such monotonous mediocrity? Dickie, are you out there?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Amsterdam Vallum, Howard Hughes, Billy Costigan, Teddy Daniels

    by Crow3711

    They're good fuckin' movies, with solid performances. Get over it.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    darth busey's werewolf comment

    by WaunTaun

    Too fucking funny!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Fricking Leonardo DiCaprio again?

    by MrMajestic

    Scorcese's wasting his golden years on this pablum? Back in the Seventies and Eighties he was probably the most important American director around. A flip side to Spielberg's happy west coast attitude. Now we have the Coens who've never compromised and kept churning out movies most great some okay but kept at it until the audience caught up with them. You see Scorcese lowered himself to increase his appeal whilst the Coens forced audiences though word-of-mouth to see movies they normally wouldn't be interested in I guess he was maybe tired of having to constantly fight for funding and then he met a decent actor with movie-star good looks and great box office appeal and his fate was sealed. Now it's this populist garbage that he spews out. What can you say? His seminal classics never made him any money and never got him that Oscar...

  • Too often this movie has been postphoned. Scorsese has been anouncing this movie since THE AVIATOR. Scorsese has been making THE AVIATOR, THE DEPARTED and SHUTTER ISLAND so he can gain favours and studio banking to make SILENCE. SILENCE is the movie he really wants to make. Scorsese's SILENCE will actually a sort-of- remake, in fact. The book was first adapted to the screens in 1971, it was a japanese movie. The japanese movie is quite good, if little known today. SILENCE will not be an easy movie for many chritians, specially the way it depicts the sacrifices a christian might have to make to when persecuted. and the greatest sacrifice as depicted and supported by the book is one that most christians would not be too cool about. The book was writen by a catholic japanese author, and his and his fellow japanese catholic fellows is the catholicism of persecution. Catholics were specially persecuted and despised in Japan's society. Their approach to catholic theology can differ quite well from that of europe or the americas, where it was dominant or well founded in their socieities. In Japan, to be catholic meant persecution. SILENCE deals with that. But deals with it in a suprising different way then one might expect. When Scorsese finally makes this movie, the responses might, might be almost as contorvertial as THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. Can't wait for this movie. And then there's the cool fact that the europeans in the film are portugueses.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    So you have seen the japanese movie version of SILENCE, hem? What you think of it? And by the way, i love your nick. I really liked the Incal comics. Well, the older ones, because aparently there is a sequel and i never read that nor i'm too interest, to be frank.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    No Country For Old Men, The Social Network and There Will Be Blood are movies for the ages (The Departed not so much), and i don't need to be in the newer generation age bracket or your generation to think like that. I was born in 1971, and i have no difficulty whatsoever in realising how great those aforementioned movies are (except The Departed). I don't let nostalgia over-rule my perceptions of the movies, be they made in the past or present, or the future movies to be. To say that Scoersese's movies he made in the 1970s and 80s were better then the movie he made today. That's undeniable.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    SHUTTER ISLAND surpassed my expectations. But i really was disapointed with THE DEPARTED. THE AVIATOR and GANGS OF NEW YORK were alright.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Everything I said is still true

    by CountryBoy

    I wish it weren't...

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by TheDarkKnight

    I chose this name in 1999! And further to Plathismo, I am 32 and the benefit of growing up on 70's classics in the 80's, the 80's classics in the 90's. Its nothing to do with age all to do with taste, knowledge and appreciation.