Martin Scorsese at the premiere of the film “Shutter Island” at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. Photo Credit: Siebbi
Martin Scorsese has every reason to enjoy the current status of his latest film, The Irishman. Within five days of its Netflix premiere, the film was viewed by 17 million U.S. subscribers. Additionally, the film is a frontrunner for numerous Oscar nominations, as well as scores of other film-related award ceremonies. With its major success comes talk of what the iconic filmmaker has planned now that his “goodbye letter” to mob cinema has been delivered.
According to a recent interview, Scorsese seems to be pushing that this film is his last. In a conversation with The Guardian, the director hinted at his current feelings about his future:
I don’t know how many more I can make – maybe this is it. The last one. So the idea was to at least get it made and maybe show it for one day at the NFT, maybe one day at the Cinémathèque in Paris. I’m not kidding.
Of course, being a recent conversation with Scorsese, the topic of his recent comments about superhero films and the MCU is what lead to his statement.
Obviously, we have been discussing this a lot, that theatres have been commandeered by superhero films – you know, just people flying around and banging and crashing, which is fine if you want to see it. It’s just that there’s no room for another kind of picture.
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Scorsese went on to say that 11 of 12 screens at a theater are taken up by superhero flicks, leaving little room for any other projects to see the light of day. While I agree with the filmmaker when it comes to getting indie and arthouse films out to the public, taking up 11 of 12 screens sounds just a tad bit exaggerated. I remember quite clearly seeing numerous other films, big-budget and not-so-big, having a number of screens assigned to them while I was purchasing tickets to Avengers: Endgame during opening weekend.
Additionally, according to the director’s IMDb page, there are multiple future projects that have Scorsese’s name attached to them as director–many of which have Leonardo DiCaprio as headlining star. Time will tell if Scorsese’s statement is truth or just the director venting his frustration over the current status of the film industry.
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Source: The Guardian.