After crying wolf before, Martin Scorsese now plans to follow through and direct The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, with Boardwalk Empire‘s Terry Winter having adapted the Jordan Belfort memoir. They will announce financing and a start date in Cannes. Scorsese plans to make the film after he finishes post on Hugo Cabret and then films his dream project, Silence, an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo book that now has Bencio Del Toro attached.
Scorsese and DiCaprio were keen to do the project together several years ago, but it stalled in a tug of war between Warner Bros, which controlled the project, and Paramount, which had a rich deal with Scorsese that entitled the studio to share the film. When that dragged on, Scorsese and DiCaprio made what turned out to be a great decision: they instead did Shutter Island. That turned out to be a big hit for each. Most recently, Ridley Scott made plans to board the picture as director, because Scorsese didn’t think he’d have time after committing to the 3D Hugo Cabret, and mulling The Irishman, a Steve Zaillian scripted adaptation of the mob memoir I Heard You Paint Houses, with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci starring. Scott instead committed to the science fiction film Prometheus and Scorsese has swung back around to make his fifth film with go-to guy DiCaprio. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort’s memoir of 1990′s stockbroker decadence, is back on the prowl. I’m hearing that the film is being put back together, with Ridley Scott in early discussions to direct Leonardo DiCaprio, who once expected to make the film with Martin Scorsese. In the scenario under discussion, Scorsese would join DiCaprio and his Appian Way shingle as producer, and it is likely that Scott Free would board the project in a producing capacity as well. Scorsese and DiCaprio nearly did the project together two years ago, but it got stalled in a tug of war between Warner Bros–where the project was developed–and Paramount, the latter of which gave Scorsese a rich overall deal. Instead, Scorsese and DiCaprio teamed on an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Shutter Island. The Wolf of Wall Street is still in the process of being figured out for budget and distribution, but Scott loves the script by Terry Winter (the writer/producer of The Sopranos and the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire). It is funny, dramatic and fast paced, and manages to make something of a sympathetic character out of a stockbroker who supervises a cadre of brokers who squeezed clients to buy stocks that paid off–for the brokers, who used the funds to live extravagantly until they were brought down by the feds.
I’m told that Scorsese–who’s directing for GK Films the … Read More »