Martin Scorsese is looking to directThe Wolf of Wall Street, starring -- who else? Leonardo DiCaprio. The film will be an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's upcoming book, which is set for release in September and sounds like pretty juicy stuff. Terence Winter, one of The Sopranos' best writers, will be adapting. Scorsese has been announced as attached or close to attached to an awful lot of projects lately: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt with DiCaprio, a possible sequel and prequel to last year's incredibly awesome The Departed, rock and roll epic The Long Play -- which is being written by William Monahan, Silence -- a film about 17th century Jesuit priests, Last Duel -- a period piece about the last duel officially sanctioned by the French government, even a childrens' movie -- The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He's also in post-production on a Rolling Stones documentary.
I think it's safe to assume he's not going to tackle all of these projects, I wonder which will get edged out? I love that after some 40 years in the business, the fast-talking legend is "hot" right now. It's great, the more Scorsese in the world, the better. DiCaprio would play Belfort, "a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street, and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration." (I must say, this sounds much more exciting to me than the 17th century priests). The film is said to have a great supporting role as well: the FBI agent who tries to make Belfort an informant.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about Scorsese working almost exclusively with Leonardo DiCaprio these days. You'd think new collaborations would breed more creative, fresh experiences. I think Leo is certainly talented, but it's not like the dude's DeNiro or something. Scorsese can cast pretty much whoever he wants in whatever he wants. Why not mix it up?