The filmmaker is set to begin production on his gangster movie return “The Irishman” next month, which will reunite him with “Goodfellas” duo Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. But Scorsese isn’t stopping there, as he’s got two different Leonardo DiCaprio vehicles in development for after. Scorsese and DiCaprio haven’t worked with each other since “The Wolf of Wall Street” four years ago.
The first project is an adaptation of Erik Larson’s book “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.” DiCaprio purchased the film rights to the book in 2010 and Scorsese has gone on record praising the script.
“Right now, there is a script being worked on,” Scorsese told the Toronto Sun about “The Devil in the White City” last December. “One of the things that I had to stop for the past six months [to complete ‘Silence’] was my meetings on that script. They want me to start again in January and see if we can find a way because it’s an extraordinary story.”
According to Variety, Scorsese is readying an adaptation of the true-crime thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” for hist next movie after “The Irishman.” Scorsese’s longtime production designer Dante Ferretti reveled Scorsese hopes to start shooting the movie in the spring of next year. “Flower Moon” is based on the bestselling book by “The Lost City of Z” author David Grann and has a screenplay written by Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”).
Scorsese and DiCaprio have reportedly been eyeing the project for months and are working with Imperative Entertainment to get the ball rolling on production. It would appear that either the “The Devil in the White City” script is unfinished or logistical reasons behind Scorsese’s shooting schedule is why “Flower Moon” is taking precedence over “White City.” The latter looks to be on the shelf for now, at least as far as Scorsese and DiCaprio’s involvement are concerned.
In one of the biggest asset seizures in U.S. history, Federal prosecutors are expected to file civil lawsuits against “The Wolf of Wall Street” producer and financier Red Granite Pictures, the Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday.
Billions of dollars were allegedly drained out of a Malaysian government fund since it launched in 2009. The money trail led to Red Granite co-founder Riza Aziz, whose stepfather is the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Authorities are expected to seize millions in assets including properties and other belongings tied to the company.
The Malaysian fund, known as 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB,) was supposed to help the country’s economy, but according to the F.B.I., the money was instead pumped into real estate in New York and Los Angeles–Aziz reportedly spent $50 million on two homes–and later funded Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s box office smash hit, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which grossed nearly $400 million worldwide in 2013. The film was deemed too raunchy and was not allowed to be screened in Malaysia.
It’s not the only drama “Wolf of Wall Street” is facing the Paramount drama this past year. In January, a judge ordered DiCaprio to give a deposition in a civil lawsuit over the portrayal of one of the film’s real-life bankers.
DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner was also a producer on the “Wolf of Wall Street,” which tells the story of Wall Street criminal and ex-banker Jordan Belfort, though neither Appian Way nor Scorsese are subjects of the F.B.I.’s investigation.
Leonardo DiCaprio is following in the footsteps of stars like Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake—putting his money where his mouth is, so to speak.
On Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actor announced his investment in LoveTheWild, a sustainable food company that sells farm-raised frozen seafood meals.
The move was inspired by his advocacy for environmental causes. “Estimates show the earth’s population approaching nine billion by 2050, putting tremendous pressure on our natural food resources,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “Seafood is a primary source of protein for nearly a billion people–but ?climate change, acidification and over fishing are putting increased pressure on our oceans’ natural stability.”
To avoid contributing to the depletion of wild seafood populations, the company uses only species of fish that are sustainably farmed, like striped bass, barramundi, catfish and trout. “The exploitation of our oceans has left many marine ecosystems on the brink of total collapse, which is hurting our ability to harvest our seas as a reliable food source as we have for thousands of years,” DiCaprio continued, adding that LoveTheWild “is empowering people to take action on this crisis in a very meaningful way.”
The debate over farmed versus wild seafood is a complex one that focuses on both nutritional differences and effects on the environment. While traditional logic used to favor wild-caught, particularly with regard to salmon, many have pointed to the vast improvements in farming standards that have made it a more eco-friendly option.
DiCaprio has long been an warrior for the environment and climate change, meeting with President Obama in 2016 on the issue and saying global warming deniers “do not believe in facts” and “should not be allowed to hold public office.
Celebs who will present awards at the 89th Oscars include last year’s winners in each of the acting categories: Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor), Brie Larson (Best Actress), Mark Rylance (Best Supporting Actor) and Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress).
Don’t miss the 89th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET| 4 p.m. PT LIVE on ABC.
The pic will adapt the upcoming book by Stephan Talty that follows a detective chasing down a criminal organization that leaves a symbol of a black hand at its crime scenes. Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce an adaptation of The Black Hand, a book by Stephan Talty.
Paramount has acquired the rights to the book, and DiCaprio will produce through his Appian Way banner along with The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell. Jennifer Davisson also is producing with Nathaniel Posey.
The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History, which will hit shelves in April, is set in New York City in the summer of 1903 when a crime wave hit the city. The perpetrators left a calling card of the symbol of a black hand. Detective Joseph Petrosino, dubbed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes,” is determined to capture the members of the criminal organization, and his task takes him all the way to Sicily.
DiCaprio most recently starred in The Revenant. He is repped by LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.