Given the names involved, this is a bit more interesting than normal Hollywood rumors, which tend to revolve around possible superhero casting and the likes, but let's be clear right out of the gate; the following news is speculation for two core reasons. The first is that no one involved with the untitled project has gone on record confirming it. The second is that a few of the details come from a Danish film magazine's website, and sadly I don't know Danish to confirm whether or not the Google bots translated the context accurately. But the speculation goes a little something like this...

Shutter Island had its world premiere in Berlin a few days ago and as with all world premiers the film's major players began running the press gauntlet. One of the first juicy bits of news to emerge from this came from Reuters (via Film School Rejects) who pulled some choice quotes from director Martin Scorsese regarding a new gangster-world collaboration with long time friend Robert De Niro, "There's no doubt about that. We're working on something like that, but it's from the vantage point of older men looking back, none of this running around stuff."

So, no mention of Taxi Driver (which starred De Niro as the now iconic Travis Bickle) or Lars Von Trier there, just confirmation that Scorsese and De Niro want to work together again. That's interesting enough on its own, but things get even more interesting when the aforementioned Danish article comes into play. Read Google's translation of Ekko's article here, but if the language is correct, their source claims that Scorsese and the notorious Von Trier will be teaming up together for a project along the experimental lines of the Von Trier-instigated The Five Obstructions.

If you're unfamiliar with the latter, it was 2003 documentary about Jørgen Leth's attempts to remake his 1967 short film The Perfect Human under five different circumstances (AKA the obstructions) as dictated by Von Trier. Could this mean that Von Trier will be giving Scorsese five obstructions toward remaking Taxi Driver? Maybe, but that might be a little too time consuming considering Taxi Driver is a feature and not a short.

But, if Scorsese and De Niro are planning a film about an old guy remembering his early life and dealings with gangsters, it's a lot more feasible that his memories are indeed scenes from Taxi Driver remade/remembered with Von Trier's obstructions in mind. Again I stress this is complete speculation at this point, but if that is indeed the case, count me in as infinitely fascinated.

One of the best directors alive today revisiting one of the film's that made him famous under the creative constraints of one of the most challenging filmmakers working today? I don't even care if it never comes to be, I'm positively giddy at the thought of it all.
categories Cinematical