Director Martin Scorsese has only just begun to dive into post-production on his financial drama The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, but he’s already looking ahead to his next project. The filmmaker has been developing an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence for 15 years, and is now adamant that the 17th century Jesuit priest drama will be his next film. Of course Scorsese said the same thing after wrapping Hugo, only to make Wolf of Wall Street his follow-up project instead (much to the chagrin of his investors).
Scorsese is apparently auditioning actors and looking to finally begin production on Silence in mid-2014, after the release (and presumably awards campaign) of Wolf of Wall Street this fall. Silence isn’t the only project that Scorsese is actively developing to direct, though, and there was recently some forward movement on the mob drama The Irishman. Hit the jump for more details.
The Lethal Weapon franchise is like most franchises: It starts with a great idea and great characters, and then everything that follows is either interesting but not as good, or just simply misguided. It’s hard not to compare Weapon to other four film franchises, and perhaps it’s best to compare it to the Indiana Jones films. In that case, Lethal Weapon has the better fourth film, but it was never as good.
Regardless, director Richard Donner saw the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and knew there was something that could be exploited for all it was worth. They were joined at points by Gary Busey, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci, Jet Li, Rene Russo, Joss Acklund, Tom Atkins, Stuart Wilson and Patsy Kensit. Our review of the Lethal Weapon Collection Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Every time Al Pacino tries to escape the mob genre, they pull him back in. THR reports that the loud actor will reunite with his You Don’t Know Jack director Barry Levinson for Gotti: Three Generations. Pacino will play Gambino crime family underboss Neil Dellacroce, an associate and mentor to Gotti Sr. (John Travolta). The cast also includes Kelly Preston as Gotti Sr.’s wife Victoria, Ella Bleu Travolta as Gotti Sr. and Victoria’s daughter Angel, Joe Pesci as Gotti Sr.’s associate Angelo Ruggiero, and Lindsay Lohan as John Gotti Jr.’s wife Kim. Despite the cast and the director, I can’t shake the feeling that this movie is going straight to DVD, or, at best, will straight to HBO.
The remaining key roles to be cast are John Gotti Jr. and his sister Victoria. James Toback (Bugsy) has been hired to revise Leo Rossi’s original script.
A couple weeks ago, director Nick Cassavetes dropped out of the crime drama Gotti: Three Generations. Variety reports that Barry Levinson will now climb into the director’s chair. The movie will center on the relationship between John Gotti Sr. (John Travolta) and his son, John Gotti Jr., who turned his back on mob life. Joe Pesci will play Gotti’s deputy Angelo Ruggiero while Lindsay Lohan will play John Gotti Jr.’s wife, Kim Gotti. And in a nice little bit of nepotism, Travolta’s 11-year-old daughter Ella Bleu also has a role in the film.
Gotti will mark a return to the gangster genre for Levinson. He previously helmed 1991′s biopic Bugsy. Hopefully, Gotti will also mark a return to Levinson making good movies, which he hasn’t done since 1999′s Liberty Heights. His latest film, The Bay, will be released by Lionsgate, and Levinson is also attached to direct O.K.C., which is about the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Filming on Gotti is expected to begin this fall for a late 2012 release date.
Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog) has vacated the director’s chair for the biopic Gotti: Three Generations. TheWrap reports that the director has been released from his contract due to scheduling conflicts with Yellow, a drama he is acting as writer/director for starring Sienna Miller, Ben Foster, Hank Azaria, and Luke Wilson. Gotti producer Marc Fiore is apparently still set on beginning production this fall and will be on the lookout for a new director in the interim.
Written by Leo Rossi, Gotti: Three Generations focuses on the father/son relationship of John Gotti, Sr. and Jr. John Travolta is currently signed on to play the famed New York mafia boss with Joe Pesci set to make a turn as Gotti’s deputy, Angelo Ruggiero. Lindsay Lohan is currently in negotiations to play Gotti’s daughter, Victoria.
Last week, we told you that the video game director of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception was denying that Mark Wahlberg was definitely going to star in the film adaptation of the popular adventure game. Not so fast, says Wahlberg:
David O’Russell is writing right now and hopes to direct. It’s myself, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro.
While that’s not a clear declaration that Wahlberg is officially signed on, it does sound like if that project happens, he’s definitely doing it. O’Russell’s currently doing the pre-Oscar press rounds for his latest film, The Fighter, but it sounds like he’s very much working on the Uncharted adaptation as well. There’s currently no official word on what specific roles De Niro and Pesci would be taking on, though Wahlberg previously stated his intention to have the two play his father and uncle respectively. Moviehole reports that they’re hoping to start shooting “in the summer time.” Though with the amount of times this project has flipped back and forth from being “on” and “off”, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Earlier this month, we reported the rumor that Mark Wahlberg was to play the lead in David O. Russell’s adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. We also reported that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were in talks to co-star. Speaking to MTV, Wahlberg has now clarified those rumors. He confirms that he will play the lead role of adventurer Nathan Drake (sorry, Nathan Fillion). It will be his fourth film with O. Russell. Said Wahlberg,
“David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with. The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”
Hit the jump for how De Niro and Pesci fit into the picture and my thoughts on Wahlberg as Drake.
Okay, now I’m starting to get worried. At the beginning of October, word broke that filmmaker David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees) had been tapped to direct a big-screen adaptation of the popular 2007 video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Now it seems that Russell, who is evidently also writing a completely new screenplay, is bringing Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci along for the ride – which is great news – and that Mark Wahlberg may star – which is not so great news. Hit the jump for more.
Martin Scorsese is still busy filming the 3D Hugo Cabret, but the beloved director might already be setting up the cast for his next project. According to Deadline, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci might join Robert De Niro in The Irishman. The film is an adaptation the non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses — written by Charles Brandt — which chronicles the life of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who supposedly killed Jimmy Hoffa. Hit the jump for what we know about the project so far along with a reason why this might not be Scorsese’s next film.
Taylor Hackford’s new film, Love Ranch, has everything – sex, boxing, love and murder. Loosely inspired by the notorious Mustang Ranch, the bittersweet love story written by journalist Mark Jacobson turns explosive when larger than life personalities living on the edge are caught up in a romantic triangle. Set in the late 1970s, Love Ranch stars Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as Grace and Charlie Bontempo, the husband and wife team who own and run Nevada’s first legalized brothel. The film also features up-and-coming Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Armando Bruza, a husky, world famous heavy weight boxer from South America who is brought to the Ranch to train.
We sat down with Taylor at a round table interview in Los Angeles to talk about his new film. He told us why he had an immediate connection to the material, what it was like directing his wife, and why he’s interested in working class stories. He also explained how he juxtaposed the harsh monochromatic exterior of the desert against the garish artificial interior of the Love Ranch brothel to frame his characters front and center.
Once again Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren proves she’s both a hot woman in her 60s and a trailblazer. Last week she was seen bathing nude in a Juergen Teller pictorial that appeared in New York Magazine. This week her new movie Love Ranch, an explosive bittersweet love story set in the mid-1970s, opens nationwide. The bold and sexy 64-year-old turns in another commanding performance — this time as a successful Madam and tough businesswoman who rules with an iron hand until she falls for a man half her age and crosses the line from professional to personal. Directed by her husband Taylor Hackford, Mirren stars opposite Joe Pesci as Grace and Charlie Bontempo, a husband/wife team who own and run one of Nevada’s first legalized brothel ranches.
We sat down recently with Mirren in Los Angeles to discuss her new film. She talked to us about what attracted her to the role, how she enjoyed being part of a strong ensemble cast, what it was like working with her husband again and why the image of a woman being sexualized past a certain age still makes heads turn. She also updated us on her latest projects and reacted to the brouhaha surrounding her recent topless photo shoot. Read what she had to say after the jump:
At some point you could argue that Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood started making movies to get Oscars. This is reductive and not fair to their body of work, but when you look at much of the 21st century for both artists there’s a sense of making Oscar pictures that perhaps have other merits, but definitely with an eye toward that goal. The rebirth of Scorsese as Oscar contender came in 1990, when Goodfellas lost to Dances with Wolves and engendered years of vitriol. Mystic River lost in the year of Return of the King, but it kicked off Eastwood’s current run of Oscar-bait pictures that have done well in terms of nominations until recently. The Scorsese film stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in one of the greatest mob films ever made, while Mystic River is a literary adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of wrongful death and suspicious behavior. My review of both after the jump.