With all that director Martin Scorsese already has on his plate, it’s possible that he may be adding yet another with The Comedian. It’s been written by producer Art Linson (Fight Club), who wants Scorsese to direct and Robert De Niro to play an “insult comic described as Don Rickles meets Joan Rivers.” This wouldn’t be the first time that De Niro took on such a role. You may remember that Scorsese also directed The King of Comedy that had De Niro starring as a comedian.
The role, which is being described as “a serious role with Oscar potential,” could be De Niro ticket back to the top after flat performances in bad films such as Little Fockers and Stone. The two-time Oscar winner used to be Scorsese’s regular go-to guy as the two worked together for many years on such classics as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
Scorsese’s next film, Hugo Cabret, is coming out this December. He then plans to make his Jesuit drama Silence next, and possibly a biopic of Frank Sinatra after that. If this reteaming doesn’t happen though, there is also Scorsese’s planned return to gangster films with The Irishman which would include De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and possibly Harvey Keitel. On top of all that, he also has his remake of The Five Obstructions with Lars von Trier.
It’s good to see that Scorsese is keeping busy. He’s a director who rarely disappoints, and with this list of upcoming films, it looks like we have a lot to look forward to.
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