Director Ridley Scott is looking to re-team with an actor, and it’s not Robin Hood/Body of Lies/American Gangster/A Good Year/Gladiator star Russell Crowe! Leonardo DiCaprio has long been attached to an adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s 2008 memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, which was to be directed by Martin Scorsese. When production stalled, the pair made Shutter Island instead.
Now Deadline reports that Ridley Scott is in early negotiations to step in to direct his non-Crowe Body of Lies thespian from a script by Terrence Winter (The Sopranos), which will retell Belfort’s story of stockbroker excess in the 1990s. More after the jump:
Before you get too excited, know that this is a pair that likes to keep a stable full of projects in the pipeline. To wit, DiCaprio has been mentioned in connection to the following films.
- an Oliver Stone-directed Travis McGee adaptation
- a viking movie directed by Mel Gibson
- voicing the lead character in DreamWorks’ The Guardian
- an adaptation of Beat the Reaper with Rounders duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien
- the J. Edgar Hoover biopic Hoover
And those are just the projects where Scott isn’t involved. The pair are also looking at teaming for the biopic Gucci and an adaptation of Brave New World. Clearly they want to work together, but my guess is that we get maybe one of the three proposed projects.
Scott’s DiCaprio-free projects include:
- not one, but two Alien prequels
- a Monopoly movie
- a remake of the British mini-series Red Riding
- the John Logan-scripted vampire flick The Passage
So yeah, we’ll see which of these films make their way to the top of the to-do list in the coming months. DiCaprio will next be seen on screen in Inception, when it hits theaters on July 16, 2010.
Here’s a synopsis of the book via Amazon:
By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called…
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.
Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits–for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.
From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down…