In a little game of "musical directors," it seems Martin Scorsese is stepping down and Ridley Scott is stepping up to direct The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Scorsese and DiCaprio were once planning to go before the cameras on this film (which is based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography), but due to a back-and-forth between Warner Bros. and Paramount, the duo decided to put it aside and make Shutter Island instead.
Not to be confused with Oliver Stone's upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, this project deals with "1990's stockbroker decadence" and sounds thematically similar to the little-seen 2008 Josh Hartnett film August. (Hartnett fans will get a kick out of that movie, even though it's not anything too spectacular.) Deadline is reporting that even though Scorsese won't direct The Wolf of Wall Street, he'll slide into a producer capacity alongside Appian Way (DiCaprio's production company) and probably Scott Free (the Scott brothers' production company).
I just remembered that DiCaprio and Scott were supposed to team up again for Brave New World, an adaptation of Aldous Huxley's famous novel, but we haven't heard anything on that front in a loooong time. Wonder what's going on with that...
The Playlist also reminded me that Scott already has the Monopoly film lined up for his commentary on the economy, so I wonder what this means for the future of the board game adaptation which has been languishing in development hell for over a year now. The critically acclaimed director already has his hands full with at least one A L I E N prequel, so the timeline is a bit wobbly right now for Ridley Scott. He's not the only one who's busy, though: DiCaprio will be portraying J. Edgar Hoover in a biopic for director Clint Eastwood soon, so we'll have to see how this all shakes out timing-wise.
Sound off in the comments section: are you excited for the reunion of Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio after their two-year break since Body of Lies?