Insane Rumor: Lars von Trier Challenges Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to Remake TAXI DRIVER

     February 15, 2010

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Having a nice Monday morning?  Yeah, that’s about to end because your head exploding will really ruin your day.  While this is just a rumor, EarthTimes reports [via the Copenhagen Film Magazine Ekko] that director Lars von Trier (Antichrist) spoke with Martin Scorsese at the Berlin Film Festival about remaking his classic 1976 film, Taxi Driver.  With the blood now oozing out of your ears, here’s the best part: Robert De Niro should reprise his role as Travis Bickle.

Even if this is 100% bullshit, it has a delightful hint of possibility.  The project sounds reminiscent of von Trier’s The Five Obstructions (where he challenged Jørgen Leth to remake his short The Perfect Human five times, each time with more restrictive conditions on how he could shoot or edit the film) and perhaps Scorsese and De Niro would find a Taxi Driver remake fascinating.  But while this gimmick is an interesting starting point, von Trier and Scorsese would have to find a way to twist the story that makes it worth telling again.

Oh, conjecture and wild speculation.  You are my true valentines.

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