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.
Uber-producer Scott Rudin has joined the producing team of Martin Scorsese’s in-development Frank Sinatra biopic. Rudin is coming off a strong, if ultimately disappointing, award season as producer of both True Grit and The Social Network. Scorsese has been working on his Sinatra biopic for a while, and plans to ultimately direct the project when it’s ready. Though one would assume that Leonardo DiCaprio would be Scorsese’s top choice to take on the role of the crooner, the director recently dropped quite a few big names of actors he’d like to work with including Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Deadline reports that Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) originally worked on the script for the flick, but Universal is currently looking for another scribe to take one more crack at it. Hit the jump for more on the project and what’s ahead for Scorsese. [Update: Speaking to MTV, Robert De Niro says that Scorsese will shoot Silence next, then The Irishman with De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. More after the jump]
It’s been 15 years since director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro made a film together (1995’s Casino), but it looks like the famous duo will soon be reunited. Speaking at the BAFTA’s Life in Pictures Q&A, the director said that he and De Niro hope to shoot the long-in gestation gangster film The Irishman next year. We first told you about the project back in 2008, and then got an update from De Niro back in April of this year. The film is based on the non-fiction novel I Heard You Paint Houses, from author Charles Brandt. The book chronicles the life of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who supposedly murdered Jimmy Hoffa.
Al Pacino and Joe Pesci have been rumored to be involved with the film as well, and Scorsese said that the project is currently going through financing. Digital Spy reports that Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Cape Fear screenwriter Steven Zaillian is working on the script. Hit the jump for more on the project.
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.
In October 2008, we reported that Martin Scorsese may finally re-unite with Robert De Niro for a film based off the non-fiction novel I Heard You Paint Houses. That film is now called The Irishman and De Niro tells MTV that it may be divided into two parts and may pay homage to Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ and La Dolce Vita. Says De Niro:
“We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two films. It’s an idea that came about from [screenwriter] Eric Roth to combine these movies using the footage from ‘Paint Houses’ to do another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of ’8 1/2,’ ‘La Dolce Vita,’ [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie – a director and the actor – based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them.”
It’s an interesting take on a book that’s about the assassin who supposedly killed Jimmy Hoffa. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
By now you’ve probably noticed that Steve got an ungodly amount of material from this year’s American Film Market (AFM). The place where buyers and sellers do business to bring you the films you’ll hopefully be seeing in the near future, AFM has tons of artwork and synopses which are used to promote films but which we will use to bring you news on these films.
Below you’ll find images and synopses for Burke and Hare, Cash, Effie, Main St., The Electric Slide, and The Irishman. Hit the jump to check them all out. Also, all the synopses are copied down directly from the original materials with no editorial alterations. You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 by click on their respective links.
Here’s some inside baseball about Hollywood that your average moviegoer may not know: movies do not get made solely from investors or studios nor do they make money solely from domestic box office. A large majority of films, especially true indie films (i.e. no name stars), require the sale of their foreign distribution rights to finish the film they’re selling or to secure a profit that will provide investors with a good return on their investment. However, films with name actors like Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken also have to play this game. Some movies do it by creating unofficial posters and after the jump, we’ve featured six of these posters plus synopses for films with name actors but are still trying to secure funding. However, this is no guarantee that these films will ever get made and just because someone made up a poster, doesn’t mean some kindly, foreign investor is going to put in his euros or yen so hit the jump and see if you would bet on these movies.