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

     February 15, 2010


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.

  • faustapp

    Real director's don't look back. And Scorsese is a real director, not some pretentious want to be to who the whole things a joke. The idea of it being about a old gangster looking back is perfect anyways.

  • junierizzle

    This is Bull Sh*T.

    Rule No 1 of film school. Don't repeat yourself. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
    The thing is Taxi Driver is already a great movie. So why would Marty want to repeat himself? And who the F*uck is Lars Von Trier to be throwing down challenges?????!!!!

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  • Cyberdyne

    I have only respect for von Trier's work, but seriously the guy is an arrogant asshole.

  • JaySin420

    Horrible idea, especially since Deniro has been mailing it in for about a decade.

  • Chimera Studios web design

    Oh hell yeah this film was awesome!

  • Chimera Studios web design

    Oh hell yeah this film was awesome!

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