Ridley Scott May Reunite with DiCaprio for Wolf of Wall Street?
Years ago we heard that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio might team up for an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, we haven't heard anything about the film because it got caught up in a battle between Warner Bros and Paramount. Instead of moving forward with The Wolf on Wall Street, Scorsese and DiCaprio adapted Dennis Lehane's novel Shutter Island, but now it sounds like Ridley Scott might pick up where Scorsese left off as Deadline says the filmmaker is in early discussions to direct the drama with DiCaprio not only starring, but producing via his Appian Way banner.
Scorsese will stay on as producer since he developed this at Warner Bros, but Scott Free will also produce. The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of Jordan Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 90's securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the banking world, including the mob. Since the book is an autobiography, there's surely a certain amount of embellishment and manipulation as the focus is often on the vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical taxes Belfort endured while glamorously living off of the scammed money.
This is a film that I could see in the same vein as Matchstick Men, but once again, it's unclear how this will fit into Scott's insanely full future slate. Yesterday we reported on a new documentary involving Ridley, and while that gig may not be as taxing as directing a movie, he's producing tons of other projects, and has been mentioned as a potential director in just as many others. There's talk of Scott potentially directing this flick before directing one of the Alien prequels for Fox, but DiCaprio's schedule is also a concern since he's slated to next star in Eastwood's biopic about FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.