Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is often cited as one of the all-time great filmmakers. Looking back over his body of work it’s no mystery as to why; Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The King of Comedy, The Aviator, Casino - a mere handful of amazing films he has helmed. He’s shown such a varied approach to cinema over the course of his lengthy career, and often the only expectation in place when viewing his work is that it will be something special. Often, it’s the case.
It has been a significant decade for Scorsese, as he made one of his most widely regarded and explosive films to date with 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. He also saw Silence come to life; the production he seems to have been fascinated with for much of his life. Surprisingly, the release of Silence wasn’t exactly the grand event many cinephiles had anticipated. There is no denying that it resonated with many who saw it, but that’s the problem, so many didn’t see it. However, the same audiences that skipped out on it would be damned if they shrugged off The Irishman.
As news began to emerge surrounding the project, it sounded as though it could be the master director’s final film. He announced a cast boasting the presence of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, who had seemingly come out of retirement to work on it. Finally, working again with the major faces of such Scorsese classics as Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Casino - it’s been such a long time. Perhaps at this late stage in his career, he wants to reminisce with fond friends and deliver something incredible in the process. He’s also working with Al Pacino for the first time. One for the bucket list? The perfect cast for the perfect mobster film? A farewell?
It did seem so, but it looks like Scorsese currently has other projects in the works. He is now in pre-production on the documentary Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese and it was also announced that he would be directing a Theodore Roosevelt biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Yet, that’s not all.
Another Scorsese and DiCaprio collaboration is on the way: Killers of the Flower Moon, a 1920s murder mystery involving a J. Edgar Hoover investigation, of whom DiCaprio has previously portrayed. Then, there’s also news of a Scorsese collaboration with Sharon Stone and Meryl Streep, which is already incredibly exciting despite limited information. So in answer, no, The Irishman will not be Martin Scorsese’s last film, although for a brief time it did feel like it might be. The director’s too passionate for retirement, and we’re all the better for it.
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