Martin Scorsese Might Only Have a Couple More Films Left to Direct
Just the thought of not having any more films from Martin Scorsese is a real bummer. But at 71 years old, the iconic director of such films as GoodFellas, The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and this month's The Wolf of Wall Street is tired, and it sounds like he sees the end of his career coming sooner than later. Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival (via The Playlist), Scorsese explained that he has the desire to make more films, but it's not likely he'll go much longer. Scorsese says, "Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them." Uh-oh.
The director continued speaking:
"I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. I’ve been very lucky in the last 10 years or so, to have found projects that combine the desire, the subject matter—from 'The Aviator' to now—with, as best I can, fulfilling the obligation to my family and the financiers."
In fact, if it wasn't for Leonardo DiCaprio, Scorsese might have left cinema earlier:
"He regenerated my enthusiasm for making films. Mainly because, as you get older, it gets physically difficult and also the business especially – the financial issues. You’re responsible for a lot of money, if you get it. It’s all pressure, but can you do it? His enthusiasm and excitement really kept me going, for another five pictures now."
The director indicated that he still intends to make the long-gestating adaptation of Silence his next film. Last we heard, the film was going to start shooting in July of 2014 with The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield in the lead. This could turn out to be one of the last few films that Scorsese makes unless DiCaprio can keep inspiring him to make movies right up until he leaves this planet. But after decades of delivering some of the finest films the big screen has ever seen, maybe it's time for Scorsese to just go out on his own terms at the top of his game. We'll just have to enjoy his final films as they come.