Casting Aspersions: Scorsese, Villeneuve & Owen
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Martin Scorsese goes corporate, Denis Villeneuve sees double, and Clive Owen returns to crime. Martin Scorsese is returning to New York, albeit to a new neighbourhood. The revered filmmaker, whose last feature was the lavish 3D recreation of 1930s Paris for the children’s/cineastes fantasy Hugo, will take on the city’s financial hub. Scorsese will direct an adaptation, by Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire writer Terence Winter, of Jordan Belfort’s memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, where the former stockbroker recounts the stock manipulation tactics he used to make (and spend) hundreds of millions of dollars in the 1990s, before his arrest and imprisonment in 1998.
Hubris and excess on Wall Street is a popular topic, and Belfort’s disgraced brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont, has already inspired one feature, Ben Younger’s 2000 drama Boiler Room. Scorsese (pictured), who reportedly starts shooting in August, will up the stakes by bringing in his current leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio. The Wo