As the war over film vs. digital wages on, the former is looking to be on its last legs. Despite campaigns, pleas, and surprise filmmaker summits hosted by Christopher Nolan, movie theaters are converting to digital at an alarming rate and the film format is nearing extinction. Now it appears that yet another legendary filmmaker has finally conceded to the digital age, as Martin Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker recently confirmed that the director’s next pic will be shot digitally:
“It would appear that we’ve lost the battle. I think Marty just feels it’s unfortunately over, and there’s been no bigger champion of film than him.”
Though Scorsese was forced to shoot digitally on Hugo in order to capture the film (brilliantly, I might add) in 3D, his next pic is the financial drama The Wolf of Wall Street. Most assumed he’d be back to good ol’ fashioned film, but it appears that’s not the case. Hit the jump for more.
Speaking with Empire, Schoonmaker confirmed that the Leonardo DiCaprio-fronted Wolf of Wall Street will be shot digitally. However, despite his fondness for the 3D format on Hugo, the drama will be made in 2D. It’s a bit sad to see a legend like Scorsese give up film, but the director has never been an outright detractor of the digital format; he sees value in both film and digital. Nevertheless, somewhere Christopher Nolan weeps.
Schoonmaker revealed that The Wolf of Wall Street starts filming the second week of August. Scorsese has assembled a ridiculously impressive cast that includes DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie, and possibly Rob Reiner. The pic is based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort and follows the hard partying, drug addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering, and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.