Robert De Niro’s Long-Wanted ‘Taxi Driver’ Sequel Remains Dead, Even After ‘The Irishman’

De Niro has expressed interest in a “Taxi Driver” sequel for decades now, and he still thinks revisiting Travis Bickle might be fascinating.

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese recently collaborated for a ninth time on the Netflix gangster movie “The Irishman,” but don’t expect their 10th collaboration to be De Niro’s long-desired “Taxi Driver” sequel. Speaking to Collider at the 2018 Marrakech Film Festival, De Niro once again expressed interest in stepping back into Travis Bickle’s bloody shoes, but progress on the idea is still dead.

“For years I was thinking where Travis Bickle would be today and we spoke to Marty about it and [screenwriter] Paul Schrader came up with something,” De Niro said. “But it never worked out. I think there may be something interesting in what happened to him, but we couldn’t find the right thing.”

De Niro has been speaking about a possible “Taxi Driver” sequel since the 1990s. The original opened in 1976 after winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. “Taxi Driver” is widely considered one of the best films ever made and a landmark entry of New Hollywood, and it picked up Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress (Jodie Foster).

While De Niro has been eager to return to Travis Bickle, Paul Schrader has not. The screenwriter said in 2013 he shot down the “Taxi Driver” sequel idea the minute De Niro pitched it to him. “De Niro suggested [a ‘Taxi Driver’ sequel] to Marty and I about 15 years ago and I told him it was the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard,” Schrader said. “I told him that character had died not more than 6 months after that movie was over. He was on a death trip and was gonna succeed the next time.”

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Schrader’s dismissal hasn’t stopped De Niro from remaining interested in a sequel. “I’d like to see where Travis is today,” De Niro previously told The Guardian. “There was something about the guy—all that rage and alienation, that’s what the city can do to you. I mean, Marty and I are from New York and even we can feel alienated.”

Fortunately, De Niro/Scorsese fans have “The Irishman” opening sometime in 2019. When asked about the expensive gangster movie, De Niro once again mentioned how exciting it was not only to reunite with Scorsese but also to play a character through numerous decades. The film is using similar VFX to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to de-age De Niro so that he can play his character decades in the past.

“The idea was to go back four, maybe five decades,” De Niro said. “So Marty wanted the people at ILM to do this as best as it’s been done to this point, to make us look younger. And I was excited by that. It gave us the freedom to do scenes when we are younger and not worry about makeup so much. Sometimes we used movies when I’m in my 50s, in my earlier years, just without makeup. So I’m very curious to see how it looks.”

Tilda Swinton Led ‘The Souvenir’ Picked up by A24 Ahead of Sundance

A24 has acquired the North American rights to the Sundance-bound “The Souvenir,” starring Tilda Swinton and directed by British writer and director Joanna Hogg.

Martin Scorsese executive produces the film also starring Honor Swinton-Byrne and Tom Burke. A24 will release the film theatrically in 2019.

A24 acquired “The Souvenir” from Protagonist Pictures and 30WEST. “The Souvenir” follows a quiet film student (Swinton Byrne) who begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke). She defies her protective mother (Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

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Scorsese came on as an executive producer after seeing Hogg’s second film “Archipelago,” and then cold-called Hogg to set a meeting. This is her fourth film.

“Each of Joanna’s films has a mesmerizing power and uncommon intimacy, and ‘The Souvenir’ shows a filmmaker at the height of her craft. The film brilliantly captures the heady, formative days of first love and a young woman’s efforts to give shape to her art, and we could not be more excited to bring ‘The Souvenir’ to a wide audience,” A24 said in a statement.

“‘I am beyond thrilled to be collaborating with A24 on ‘The Souvenir.’ With impeccable taste they represent the best of contemporary cinema and have always been number one on my wish list to work with in the US,” Hogg said in a statement.

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“The Souvenir” is produced by Hogg and Luke Schiller, who previously worked with Hogg on “Archipelago,” and is executive produced by Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Lizzie Francke, Rose Garnett, Andy Starke, and Dave Bishop. The film has been supported in development and production by the BFI Film Fund (using National Lottery funds), BBC Films, and Protagonist Pictures. 30WEST negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Honor Swinton Byrne is represented by Hamilton Hodell, Tom Burke by Troika and Management 360, and Tilda Swinton by Hamilton Hodell, UTA, and Peikoff-Mahan. Joanna Hogg is represented by 42.

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A24 has acquired the North American rights to the Sundance-bound “The Souvenir,” starring Tilda Swinton and directed by British writer and director Joanna Hogg.

Martin Scorsese executive produces the film also starring Honor Swinton-Byrne and Tom Burke. A24 will release the film theatrically in 2019.

A24 acquired “The Souvenir” from Protagonist Pictures and 30WEST. “The Souvenir” follows a quiet film student (Swinton Byrne) who begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke). She defies her protective mother (Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

Scorsese came on as an executive producer after seeing Hogg’s second film “Archipelago,” and then cold-called Hogg to set a meeting. This is her fourth film.

“Each of Joanna’s films has a mesmerizing power and uncommon intimacy, and ‘The Souvenir’ shows a filmmaker at the height of her craft. The film brilliantly captures the heady, formative days of first love and a young woman’s efforts to give shape to her art, and we could not be more excited to bring ‘The Souvenir’ to a wide audience,” A24 said in a statement.

“‘I am beyond thrilled to be collaborating with A24 on ‘The Souvenir.’ With impeccable taste they represent the best of contemporary cinema and have always been number one on my wish list to work with in the US,” Hogg said in a statement.

“The Souvenir” is produced by Hogg and Luke Schiller, who previously worked with Hogg on “Archipelago,” and is executive produced by Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Lizzie Francke, Rose Garnett, Andy Starke, and Dave Bishop. The film has been supported in development and production by the BFI Film Fund (using National Lottery funds), BBC Films, and Protagonist Pictures. 30WEST negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Honor Swinton Byrne is represented by Hamilton Hodell, Tom Burke by Troika and Management 360, and Tilda Swinton by Hamilton Hodell, UTA, and Peikoff-Mahan. Joanna Hogg is represented by 42.

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Agnes Varda Receives Honorary Award at Marrakech Film Festival

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Martin Scorsese Says Bernardo Bertolucci ‘Inspired’ and ‘Opened Many Doors’ for Him

Martin Scorsese says that Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director who passed away Monday, both “inspired” and “opened many doors” for him as a director.

In the wake of Bertolucci’s death, Scorsese said in a statement that he first saw Bertolucci’s 1964 film “Before the Revolution” in Italy and came out of the theater “in a daze, speechless.”

“I was truly stunned and moved by the level of sheer artistry and talent up there on the screen, I was shocked by the freedom of the picture, I was somewhat mystified by so many of the cultural references and cross-references, and, as someone who wanted to make films, I was inspired,” Scorsese said.

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He also applauded Bertolucci’s “The Conformist,” “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Last Emperor” and “The Sheltering Sky” as films that had a profound influence on Hollywood filmmaking and even reinvented historical epics.

Scorsese also noted that it saddened him to see Bertolucci in a wheelchair in the late stages of his life, presuming that the late director desired to make many more films.

“When I think of him, I will always see an eternally young man,” Scorsese added.

In 2010, the two directors attended a Gucci dinner for the restoration of Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” as seen in the photo above.

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Read Scorsese’s full statement below:

“In 1964, I went up to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the 2nd New York Film Festival to see a new film from Italy. It was called ‘Before the Revolution’ and it was by a young director named Bernardo Bertolucci. I came out of the theater in a daze, speechless. I was truly stunned and moved by the level of sheer artistry and talent up there on the screen, I was shocked by the freedom of the picture, I was somewhat mystified by so many of the cultural references and cross-references, and, as someone who wanted to make films, I was inspired. ‘Before the Revolution’ opened many doors for me, and for many other young filmmakers as well. And Bertolucci kept on opening doors–with ‘The Conformist,’ which had a profound influence on Hollywood moviemaking; with ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ an explosive cultural event; with ‘The Last Emperor’ and ‘The Sheltering Sky,’ which reinvented the historical epic.

When I think of Bertolucci–the man, the artist–the word that comes to mind is refinement. Yes, he was flamboyant and provocative, but it was the mellifluousness and the grace with which he expressed himself, and his deep understanding of his own history and culture, that made his filmmaking and his presence so special, so magical.

Bernardo was in a wheelchair for the last years of his life, and it was extremely difficult for him to get around. It saddened all of us who knew him, because he had so much more that he wanted to do, and probably so many more films to make. When I think of him, I will always see an eternally young man.”

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Martin Scorsese says that Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director who passed away Monday, both “inspired” and “opened many doors” for him as a director.

In the wake of Bertolucci’s death, Scorsese said in a statement that he first saw Bertolucci’s 1964 film “Before the Revolution” in Italy and came out of the theater “in a daze, speechless.”

“I was truly stunned and moved by the level of sheer artistry and talent up there on the screen, I was shocked by the freedom of the picture, I was somewhat mystified by so many of the cultural references and cross-references, and, as someone who wanted to make films, I was inspired,” Scorsese said.

He also applauded Bertolucci’s “The Conformist,” “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Last Emperor” and “The Sheltering Sky” as films that had a profound influence on Hollywood filmmaking and even reinvented historical epics.

Scorsese also noted that it saddened him to see Bertolucci in a wheelchair in the late stages of his life, presuming that the late director desired to make many more films.

“When I think of him, I will always see an eternally young man,” Scorsese added.

In 2010, the two directors attended a Gucci dinner for the restoration of Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” as seen in the photo above.

Read Scorsese’s full statement below:

“In 1964, I went up to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the 2nd New York Film Festival to see a new film from Italy. It was called ‘Before the Revolution’ and it was by a young director named Bernardo Bertolucci. I came out of the theater in a daze, speechless. I was truly stunned and moved by the level of sheer artistry and talent up there on the screen, I was shocked by the freedom of the picture, I was somewhat mystified by so many of the cultural references and cross-references, and, as someone who wanted to make films, I was inspired. ‘Before the Revolution’ opened many doors for me, and for many other young filmmakers as well. And Bertolucci kept on opening doors–with ‘The Conformist,’ which had a profound influence on Hollywood moviemaking; with ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ an explosive cultural event; with ‘The Last Emperor’ and ‘The Sheltering Sky,’ which reinvented the historical epic.

When I think of Bertolucci–the man, the artist–the word that comes to mind is refinement. Yes, he was flamboyant and provocative, but it was the mellifluousness and the grace with which he expressed himself, and his deep understanding of his own history and culture, that made his filmmaking and his presence so special, so magical.

Bernardo was in a wheelchair for the last years of his life, and it was extremely difficult for him to get around. It saddened all of us who knew him, because he had so much more that he wanted to do, and probably so many more films to make. When I think of him, I will always see an eternally young man.”

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Here’s the Story of Martin Scorsese Breaking Out in Hives Before the 2008 Oscars

Presenting Joel and Ethan Coen with their 2008 Oscar for Best Director was quite uncomfortable for the legendary filmmaker.

A year after finally winning his first Oscar for Best Director (thank you, “The Departed”), Martin Scorsese returned to the Academy Awards stage in 2008 to present the category at the 80th Academy Awards. The filmmaker handed the prize to Joel and Ethan Coen for “No Country for Old Men,” but he was anything but comfortable standing before his peers. As Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” star Emily Mortimer revealed at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Film Benefit on November 20, Scorsese broke out in hives hours before the Oscars telecast.

Mortimer met with Scorsese and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio the morning after the Oscars to begin work on “Shutter Island,” their adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s 2003 psychological thriller novel of the same name. The actress told the MoMa audience, which included DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Scorsese himself, that she was incredibly nervous to meet with the two men. To break the ice, Mortimer told Scorsese he looked great at the Oscars.

As told by Mortimer, Scorsese responded, “Really? God, that surprises me. I’d come out in hives that morning and smothered myself in hydrocortisone cream to calm it down. Then I got paranoid that the cream would come off on my tuxedo, so I wrapped tape all around my body – over the cream and the hives, under my suit. Hives, then cream, then tape. I didn’t feel in the least bit dashing, but I’m so pleased you thought so.”

Mortimer was one of several former Scorsese collaborators who honored the director at the November 20 MoMA tribute. Other speakers included De Niro, Spike Lee, and DiCaprio, who remembered going to the theater with his father to see “Goodfellas” and being told the gangster drama was the “epitome of modern filmmaking.”

Scorsese is currently in post-production on his Netflix movie “The Irishman,” which is expected to debut in 2019. The director will reunite with DiCaprio in the summer to film their historical murder-mystery “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

That Time Martin Scorsese Broke Out in Hives the Morning of the Oscars

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Martin Scorsese Admits HBO Canceling ‘Vinyl’ Was Tragic, Says Series Might Have Worked If He Directed All Episodes

The director says the fate of the music drama might have been different if he directed every episode.

Martin Scorsese and HBO had great success on the Atlantic City gangster series “Boardwalk Empire,” on which the filmmaker served as executive producer, in addition to helming the pilot, but lighting couldn’t strike twice with “Vinyl.” Scorsese had a similar role on the rock n’ roll music drama, which launched in February 2016, but less-than-enthusiastic buzz and poor ratings resulted in HBO canceling the series, even though it had already renewed the project for a second season.

Speaking at the Rome Film Festival, Scorsese admitted it was heartbreaking to watch “Vinyl” get dumped by HBO. The director admitted that the show would have had a better chance at succeeding if he was more hands-on and directed all 10 episodes of the first season. After Scorsese filmed the pilot, directors like Mark Romanek, S. J. Clarkson, Nicole Kassell, and Carl Franklin, among others, filled in as directors of subsequent episodes.

“It was ultimately tragic for me because we tried for one year,” Scorsese said. “I did the pilot. We tried for one year with HBO, but we couldn’t get the creative elements together. It was something that I realized, in order to make it right. … I think I would have had to direct every episode and be there for the three to four years.”

“Vinyl” was a costly failure for HBO. Scorsese’s pilot was feature-length at 120 minutes, and the budget for the entire 10-episode run was estimated at $100 million. The show starred Bobby Cannavale as the president of a fledgling record company in 1970s New York City and Olivia Wilde as his wife. Despite Scorsese’s pedigree, “Vinyl” attracted less than 800,000 viewers for its premiere.

“If you do it, you do it right, like Sorrentino does,” Scorsese said about television, referring to Paolo Sorrentino directing all episodes of “The Young Pope.” “You do everything. You do it all. If you don’t [want to make that commitment], you shouldn’t be making the series.”

Scorsese said a similar problem happened with Netflix’s costly “The Get Down,” which also got canceled after its first season (the run was split into two parts, released at separate times). Baz Luhrmann set the tone of the show by directing the first episode, but he gave up directing duties on subsequent episodes.

Scorsese is currently in post-production on his Netflix gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The film is expected to debut sometime in 2019. The director recently announced he’ll be reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio for “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a historical murder mystery drama that will start production in 2019.

Paul Schrader Says Netflix Will Only Release Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ in Theaters for Two Weeks

“Netflix doesn’t care about theatrical releases,” Schrader said in a recent interview with /Film.

Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese are responsible for one of the most iconic films ever made with “Taxi Driver,” and the two have remained collaborators and friends in the following decades. For this reason, it’s not too far-fetched for Schrader to know some early details about Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” The director’s return to the gangster genre is expected to debut in 2019 from Netflix. Schrader recently told /Film that fans shouldn’t anticipate a major theatrical release for “The Irishman” from Netflix just because it’s a Scorsese film.

“Two weeks, that’s all [Scorsese] could get as his theatrical window,” Schrader said. “Netflix doesn’t care about theatrical windows. The studios are collapsing. Netflix is the new model.”

Netflix has not announced any release plans for “The Irishman” in general, let alone any theatrical plans. Scorsese is currently in post-production on the movie, which stars Robert De Niro as mobster Frank Sheeran and recounts the gangster’s involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa. The supporting cast includes Al Pacino, Ray Romano, and Joe Pesci. Screenwriter Steven Zaillian used Charles Brandt’s novel “I Heard You Paint Houses” as the basis for the script.

“Netflix has also upended film financing because since the ’70s, a lot of films are financed by selling territories,” Schrader continued about the streaming giant. “You sell foreign territories, you get some equity. But Netflix and Amazon, they don’t want territories. They want the world or nothing. And so when you go to Netflix, they get the world and there are no profit statements and there are no box office figures but you get paid. So the reason, you know, Marty’s got $140,000,000 for that film is because he’s getting essentially paid up front.”

Netflix is known to give its awards players a limited theatrical run to qualify them for Oscars. These limited engagements often last at minimum a week, but some felt Scorsese’s heavyweight status would call for Netflix to be more open-ended with “The Irishman.” According to Schrader, that’s not the case. While some insiders believe Netflix could change its policy for the upcoming release of “Roma,” the new film by Alfonso Cuarón that is widely seen as Netflix’s biggest Oscar player to date, the company has not yet announced its formal theatrical release plans for December.

Schrader returned to the director’s chair earlier this year with “First Reformed,” the A24-backed morality drama starring Ethan Hawke as a conflicted priest. Hawke recently earned a Gotham Awards nomination for his performance.

IndieWire has reached out to Netflix for further comment.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to Team up Again for ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are teaming up again, to star in and direct respectively, for Imperative Entertainment’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which is based on the New York Times best-selling book by David Grann, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Eric Roth wrote the screenplay. Imperative Entertainment acquired the film rights to the book in 2016. Scorsese will produce alongside Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Sikelia Productions’ Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Appian Way Productions.

Set in 1920s Oklahoma, the Osage Nation discover oil under their land only to find themselves being murdered one by one. As the death toll rises, the newly created FBI takes up the case and unravels a chilling conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

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“When I read David Grann’s book, I immediately started seeing it–the people, the settings, the action–and I knew that I had to make it into a movie,” said Scorsese in a statement. “I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen.”

“I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen,” the director added.

30WEST will arrange the financing and distribution for the project.

Scorsese and DiCaprio are both represented by LBI Entertainment and attorney Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson. Scorsese is also represented by WME.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are teaming up again, to star in and direct respectively, for Imperative Entertainment’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which is based on the New York Times best-selling book by David Grann, individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Eric Roth wrote the screenplay. Imperative Entertainment acquired the film rights to the book in 2016. Scorsese will produce alongside Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Sikelia Productions’ Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Appian Way Productions.

Set in 1920s Oklahoma, the Osage Nation discover oil under their land only to find themselves being murdered one by one. As the death toll rises, the newly created FBI takes up the case and unravels a chilling conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

“When I read David Grann’s book, I immediately started seeing it–the people, the settings, the action–and I knew that I had to make it into a movie,” said Scorsese in a statement. “I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen.”

“I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen,” the director added.

30WEST will arrange the financing and distribution for the project.

Scorsese and DiCaprio are both represented by LBI Entertainment and attorney Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson. Scorsese is also represented by WME.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese’s Sixth Movie Is Officially ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ Filming Starts Summer 2019

Scorsese and DiCaprio are reuniting for a sixth time with this early 20th century historical murder mystery.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are officially reuniting on the upcoming historical murder mystery “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Both men have been attached to the project for some time, but Variety has confirmed the project is Scorsese’s next directorial effort. Production is set to kick off in summer 2019. The film is written by Eric Roth, an Oscar winner for “Forrest Gump.”

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is based on The New York Times best-selling book by David Grann. The story is set in 1920s Oklahoma and centers around the Osage Nation murders, in which members of the Native American tribe were murdered one by one after the group became rich off the oil found underneath their land. The murders attracted the attention of the newly created FBI, who set out to investigate the crimes.

“When I read David Grann’s book, I immediately started seeing it — the people, the settings, the action — and I knew that I had to make it into a movie,” Scorsese said in a statement. “I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen.”

Scorsese is set to produce the film alongside Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, Sikelia Productions’ Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Appian Way Productions. The film is being eyed as both Scorsese and DiCaprio’s next film. DiCaprio is finishing up production on Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” while Scorsese is in post-production on the Netflix-backed gangster movie “The Irishman.” Roth has a writing credit on this year’s “A Star Is Born” and is also penning Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune.”

“Killers of the Flower Moon” will be the sixth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio following “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Both “The Aviator” and “Wolf” earned DiCaprio Oscar nominations for best actor. Imperative Entertainment executives are working with the Osage Nation on the film and will begin scouting locations in the coming months.

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Martin Scorsese Reveals Details About His Federico Fellini Movie That Never Happened

Two icons of cinema almost teamed up on an unconventional documentary about film production.

Martin Scorsese spent the 1990s working on films “The Age of Innocence,” “Casino,” “Kundun,” and “Bringing Out the Dead,” but it turns out he was planning to squeeze in at least one more project that would’ve been a doozy for cinephiles. While receiving the Rome Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award, Scorsese remembered a collaboration between himself and Federico Fellini that never got made because of the Italian director’s death in October 1993.

“In the early ‘90s, unfortunately he passed away [before we could start], but we had the possibility of making with Universal his version of a documentary on production,” Scorsese said (via French outlet The Republic). “He had a series of scripts on how a production is made. One, you have the production itself. Then you have the actor, then you have the cinematographer. He was going to make a Fellini film on each one.”

Prior to Fellini’s death, the two were getting the funds together to make the documentary. Fellini was set to direct the project, with Scorsese serving as executive producer. One of the goals of the project was to shine a light on the specific details of film production that often aren’t spoken about in the press.

“For example, a very important thing in the production, one that we were getting the money for, that was when you go location scouting, wherever you go, at a certain point of the day, you go to the location that has the best restaurant,” Scorsese said. “Even though you’re not going to use the location, go see it, everybody eats, and everyone is fine. It’s very important for filmmaking.”

Scorsese has long been an outspoken Fellini fan throughout his career (the director’s magnum opus “8½” is one of Scorsese’s favorite films ever made), so the idea these two filmmaking giants were gearing up to collaborate is as enticing as film history gets. Scorsese’s Film Foundation recently spent time restoring Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” which screened at the Rome Film Festival.

Scorsese is set to return to movies next year with the release of his gangster drama “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The film is backed by Netflix and is expected to have a theatrical release in addition to being made available globally on the streaming platform. The Rome Film Festival runs through October 29.

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Martin Scorsese to Be Honored in Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit

Martin Scorsese is the latest person to be honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit, a film series and gala dinner that will celebrate the director’s films.

MoMA will honor the Oscar-winning director on Nov. 19 in a dinner presented by Chanel, and the museum will present a series focusing on Scorsese’s New York films, running Oct. 30 through Nov. 7 at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters in New York.

“From his unextinguishable [sic] drive to innovate as a filmmaker to his passion for film history and his personal advocacy for film literacy, Martin Scorsese is cinema’s greatest hero,” Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film at MoMA said in a statement. “He is a universe unto himself, and all of us who are privileged to work in his orbit are nurtured by his considerable force. He is a loyal and dear part of The Museum of Modern Art family, and we are happy to welcome him home once again.”

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MoMA’s film collection includes 20 of Scorsese’s films, from “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” through “The Departed.” His films have been the subject of four different exhibitions at the museum since the mid-’90s thanks to his work within film preservation.

Scorsese’s next film, “The Irishman,” is about the killing of Jimmy Hoffa, and will star Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The film will be released on Netflix in 2019. And he’s also set to direct a comedy special on SCTV for Netflix.

Previous honorees of MoMA’s Film Benefit include Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann.

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Martin Scorsese is the latest person to be honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit, a film series and gala dinner that will celebrate the director’s films.

MoMA will honor the Oscar-winning director on Nov. 19 in a dinner presented by Chanel, and the museum will present a series focusing on Scorsese’s New York films, running Oct. 30 through Nov. 7 at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters in New York.

“From his unextinguishable [sic] drive to innovate as a filmmaker to his passion for film history and his personal advocacy for film literacy, Martin Scorsese is cinema’s greatest hero,” Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film at MoMA said in a statement. “He is a universe unto himself, and all of us who are privileged to work in his orbit are nurtured by his considerable force. He is a loyal and dear part of The Museum of Modern Art family, and we are happy to welcome him home once again.”

MoMA’s film collection includes 20 of Scorsese’s films, from “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” through “The Departed.” His films have been the subject of four different exhibitions at the museum since the mid-’90s thanks to his work within film preservation.

Scorsese’s next film, “The Irishman,” is about the killing of Jimmy Hoffa, and will star Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The film will be released on Netflix in 2019. And he’s also set to direct a comedy special on SCTV for Netflix.

Previous honorees of MoMA’s Film Benefit include Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann.

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Martin Scorsese Named 2018 MoMA Film Benefit Honoree

Martin Scorsese will be honored with the Museum of Modern Art’s 11th annual Film Benefit on Nov. 19, MoMA announced today.
Previous honorees of MoMA’s Film Benefit include Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Sw…

Martin Scorsese will be honored with the Museum of Modern Art’s 11th annual Film Benefit on Nov. 19, MoMA announced today. Previous honorees of MoMA’s Film Benefit include Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann. "From his unextinguishable drive to innovate as a filmmaker to his passion for film history and his personal advocacy for film literacy, Martin…