Martin Scorsese & Leonardo Dicaprio re-unite once again for ‘The Wolfs of Wall Street’
Hollywood power pairing re-unites for Wall Street story shooting in August.
Just like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, one of the most enduring and consistently successful relationships is between director martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo Dicaprio. From ‘The Departed’, ‘The Aviator’, ‘Gangs of New York’ all the way to ‘Shutter Island’, it’s a master teaming right there. Now, they’re re-uniting for another project that shoots this year.
Deadline reports that the money has come together for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, which is an adaptation of Jordan Belfourt’s memoir about his time as a shrewd partying stock broker and the jail time he received for money laundering and fraud. It’s a timely subject hence why DiCaprio and Scorsese want to make it now with Terence Winter’s script in place. The film will shoot in August.
Here’s the book’s detailed synopsis:
Belfort, who founded one of the first and largest chop shop brokerage firms in 1987, was banned from the securities business for life by 1994, and later went to jail for fraud and money-laundering, delivers a memoir that reads like fiction. It covers his decade of success with straightforward accounts of how he worked with managers of obscure companies to acquire large amounts of stock with minimal public disclosure, then pumped up the price and sold it, so he and the insiders made large profits while public investors usually lost. Profits were laundered through purchase of legitimate businesses and cash deposits in Swiss banks. There is only brief mention of Belfort’s life before Wall Street or events since 1997. The book’s main topic is the vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical behavior Belfort managed to survive. As might be expected in the autobiography of a veteran con man with movie rights already sold, it’s hard to know how much to believe.
Sounds exciting and I bet it will be a great film predictably. What do you think?