Scorsese Could Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Remake of 'The Gambler'

August 26, 2011
Source: Deadline

The Gambler / DiCaprio & Scorsese

Ohhh Martin Scorsese, there's nothing he won't get attached to. Deadline is reporting that Paramount is developing a remake of the 1974 gambling drama The Gambler, and that they've attached Leonardo DiCaprio to star. But that's not all, as he comes with Scorsese, too! They're saying that the project is a "potential directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese" with a screenplay from William Monahan, who won an Oscar like Scorsese for writing The Departed. Quite a Departed round-up, which is exactly what makes this so enticing. But, of course, all three of these guys have their hands in so many other places at the moment.

The Gambler, directed by Karel Reisz, starred James Caan as an academic whose gambling addiction begins to get the best of him. This should be fascinating to see DiCaprio play, a man slowly going to "dark places" through gambling. And best of all, there's potential that the guy behind Casino, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York might be directing this? Awesome, I'm all in. Details are sparse, as even Deadline's post doesn't say much besides the basic information, which is that Monahan is writing, DiCaprio is attached, and anything could happen with Scorsese. We'll have to wait to see what happens. Anyone for The Gambler?

At the moment, Scorsese is finishing up his family-adventure adaptation Hugo in 3D (watch the trailer), but he has a lot potentially lined up after that. Word is he'll direct a film called Silence next, an adaptation of a Shusaku Endo novel about "a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan." Beyond that, he's got projects including Sinatra with De Niro, that Wolf of Wall Street project that also has DiCaprio in the mix, The Irishman with Joe Pesci & Al Pacino, and also that Furious Love romance adaptation. As you can see, Marty has lots already in the works and he's not even done with his current film. Only time will tell!

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Martin Scorsese’s college film professor and mentor Haig Manoogian (who he dedicated Raging Bull to at the beginning of the end credits) was Armenian. A lot of people don’t know that.

Carly Ellison on Aug 27, 2011


I wish Marty would make Sinatra next. I can’t wait to see Robert De Niro as Dean Martin and Al Pacino as Frank Sinatra.

Rovena on Aug 27, 2011


I have been waiting for Silence for what feels like a decade, anyone know why it has taken so long for him to get around to make it

Loser on Aug 27, 2011


I always enjoyed the original "Gambler" film and if you haven't seen it, try and track it down. Gritty, intense, shot all over NYC and featuring an outstanding James Caan performance, it is often unfairly overlooked when discussing impressive 70s films.

Drew Kerr on Aug 27, 2011


As they say, you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run.  You never count your money while you're sittin' at the table.  There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealing's done.

Outlaw on Aug 27, 2011


I hope Kenny Rogers does the soundtrack!    

Blue Silver on Aug 27, 2011


Isn't it time those two found new people to work with? The relationship has got stale.

Anonymous on Aug 28, 2011


They make great movies together but if it really bothers you why not pretend that The Gambler remake is being directed by Michael E-Bay.

Hattori Hanzo on Aug 28, 2011


they need to stop working together. one and half good films between the pair imo.

happy camper on Aug 30, 2011

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