Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Back on for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET ; Shooting Begins in August
Martin Scorsese is back on to reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio for a fifth time, and will collaborate on the drama The Wolf of Wall Street. A little over a year ago, we reported that the two were set to make the film and have it be Scorsese’s follow up to Hugo, but Scorsese dropped off the project in May. Now Deadline reports that Scorsese is back on board, and shooting is set to begin in August in New York. The story is based on “Jordan Belfort‘s memoir of his days as a hard partying, drug addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.” Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter wrote the script, and he’ll polish it up before the movie goes into production.
Obviously, the story hits the zeitgeist of Wall Street’s continued cultured of excess, and how it has continued unchecked. I eagerly await comments from morons who decry that Scorsese and DiCaprio are rich and therefore hypocrites because rich people can’t criticize other rich people for being rich. This argument misses the point, which is that there’s nothing wrong with being rich; there’s something wrong with getting rich by swindling others and reveling in such behavior.
Scorsese’s move to The Wolf of Wall Street continues to make Silence the red-headed step-child of the Oscar-winning director’s slate. Silence, which is about the persecution of Jesuit priests in 17th century Japan, has long been on the director’s wish list of movies, and in December we reported that it looked like the project was finally a go. But for whatever reason—possibly financing, casting, and/or needing more time to work on the screenplay, just to name a few—Silence has been once again been pushed to the back-burner.