Oh yes, the man has officially gone global. As part of his brand spanking new four-year first-look deal with Paramount, Martin Scorsese will help develop and most likely direct an adaptation of The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, written by Eric Jager. Would it be wrong for me to say that this goodfella is looking to go all medieval on our ass? Since Marty is currently working on other projects (most notably the Rolling Stones documentary), there's a good chance this will not be his next film. There's also no word on where his 15-year pet project, Silence, fits into the grand scheme of things, though it's currently listed for a 2008 release.
The book itself takes us all the way back to France in the year 1386, and revolves around a duel between two knights (Jean de Carrouges and Jacques LeGris) -- the last duel officially sanctioned by the French government. Personally, I love the idea -- so long as he doesn't decide to re-imagine the thing and set it on the streets of contemporary Brooklyn. I'd like to see Marty settle into a couple of period pieces. One of the greatest things about the man is his attention to detail -- the fact that he lives, breathes, eats and sh*ts every film he involves himself with -- and how much fun would it be to watch him attempt to re-create medieval France? No cast or screenwriter was mentioned, although I'd certainly like to suggest bringing on The Departed'sWilliam Monahan to pen a draft.
So, what do you think -- Leonardo DiCaprio as a French knight? Please, you know it's going to happen -- we might as well start debating it now.