Scorsese & DiCaprio's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Films in August

Marty & Leo commit to their fifth film together, this time about a Gordon Gekko esque stockbroker.

Martin Scorsese's jesuit priest drama Silence that was long been expected to be his next film, looks now like it has moved over onto the back burner once again as Deadline reports that Marty will instead shoot "The Wolf of Wall Street" in August. Another project that has been long-gestating, the drama will be Scorsese's fifth team up with his 21st century muse Leonardo DiCaprio, who takes the leading role of a drugs, sex and alcohol addicted Gordon Gekko esque stockbroker in the early 90€s who served jail time for stock market manipulation. Basically it's a movie very much in the same vein as Oliver Stone's Wall Street and given the recent economic crash is a timely concept. Well, it was even more timely in 2007 when it was first pitched with Scorsese at the helm but a studio battle between Warner Bros and Paramount over the film caused a substantial delay that almost led to Ridley Scott instead making the movie with DiCaprio instead in 2009. Written by Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire writer Terence Winter, the movie is being financed and produced at Red Granite Pictures but has no distributor yet. Though with the names attached it will be an easy sell at the Cannes Film Festival in May. At WhatCulture we are mourning the jesuit priest drama quite a bit as it sounded like Scorsese's most challenging picture for years and one that once had a fantastic cast attached in Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Day-Lewis and Gael Garcia Bernal but we imagine difficulties in finding funding (yes even Marty has to play the sellable and broad concept game in this climate) has probably killed that film for good. The Wolf of Wall Street ain't a bad alternative though, wouldn't you say?
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.