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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese reteam for a remake of The Gambler?

08.27.2011

With all the projects he's planning to produce or star in (or both), nobody can accuse Leonardo DiCaprio of being lazy. And he clearly knows who he wants to work with: director Martin Scorsese, yet again.

The duo are considering a remake of 1974 James Caan drama THE GAMBLER, to be written by William Monahan, reuniting the trio after the Oscar-winning THE DEPARTED (itself a remake, of the Hong Kong cop thriller INFERNAL AFFAIRS).

The slow-burn original (based on a Dostoevsky story) had Caan as a professor with a considerable gambling addiction, which leads to owing a ton of scratch to a mob-run underground casino and the downward spiral of self-destructive behavior as he tries to pay it back. The movie also featured Lauren Hutton, Scorsese's GOODFELLAS gangster Paul Sorvino, and an early appearance by James Woods.

As you surely know, Leo and Marty worked together on GANGS OF NEW YORK, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE AVIATOR and the aforementioned THE DEPARTED. Next for DiCaprio (who just finished Clint Eastwood's J. EDGAR) is THE GREAT GATSBY and a villainous turn in Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED.

Meanwhile, Scorsese has (among other things) been trying to get together with his other frequent collaborator Robert DeNiro for the mob hitman movie THE IRISHMAN.
Extra Tidbit: Anyone else wish Leo would try a comedy? Dude needs to lighten up.
Source: Deadline

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7:32PM on 08/29/2011
At least it's not a remake of the Kenny Rogers tv movie. :P Scorsese is usually very good, but has missed the mark on occasion. We'll see how this one goes.
At least it's not a remake of the Kenny Rogers tv movie. :P Scorsese is usually very good, but has missed the mark on occasion. We'll see how this one goes.
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9:17AM on 08/29/2011

Comedy? Please...

Leo can save comedy for his twilight years. The dude is great at what he does so why resort to comedy. Now him being a villain in a Quentin Tarantino film, that's a good change.
Leo can save comedy for his twilight years. The dude is great at what he does so why resort to comedy. Now him being a villain in a Quentin Tarantino film, that's a good change.
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8:07AM on 08/29/2011
An unnecessary remake, with a team that leaves me cold every time? No thanks.
An unnecessary remake, with a team that leaves me cold every time? No thanks.
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10:22AM on 08/28/2011
Im always down for a Marty/Leo collaboration but I'd rather see them do The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt before they do any thing else together. I guess that movies been completely put on the back burner though.
Im always down for a Marty/Leo collaboration but I'd rather see them do The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt before they do any thing else together. I guess that movies been completely put on the back burner though.
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6:20PM on 08/27/2011
The Gambler is a hell of a novella.
I was gonna remake it myself but I'm gonna go ahead and let Marty take this one.
The Gambler is a hell of a novella.
I was gonna remake it myself but I'm gonna go ahead and let Marty take this one.
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3:10PM on 08/27/2011
IŽd ask for a buddy cop movie with him, Christian Bale and Chris Nolan at the helm.
IŽd ask for a buddy cop movie with him, Christian Bale and Chris Nolan at the helm.
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2:58PM on 08/27/2011
Could be good....I'd say Catch Me If You Can was pretty close to comedic for DiCaprio, it was fairly light compared to say Departed or Shutter Island...
Could be good....I'd say Catch Me If You Can was pretty close to comedic for DiCaprio, it was fairly light compared to say Departed or Shutter Island...
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2:43PM on 08/27/2011
It would be interesting to see Leo do a comedy, since I don't think he's had a comedic role since his "Growing Pains" days. However, they guy has been on a role recently working with some top directors on some great films, so I'm certainly not to fault him for his choices.
It would be interesting to see Leo do a comedy, since I don't think he's had a comedic role since his "Growing Pains" days. However, they guy has been on a role recently working with some top directors on some great films, so I'm certainly not to fault him for his choices.
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1:33PM on 08/27/2011
This seems a little unnecessary, but so be it. I feel like at this juncture of both their careers, they should probably be taking riskier chances on riskier films. But c'est la vie...

I'm sure it'll turn out to be cool. I'll see it, I'll like it. But why bother with it?

As for the Extra Tidbit, completely agree. Even Clooney's gotten a few laughs out of himself.
This seems a little unnecessary, but so be it. I feel like at this juncture of both their careers, they should probably be taking riskier chances on riskier films. But c'est la vie...

I'm sure it'll turn out to be cool. I'll see it, I'll like it. But why bother with it?

As for the Extra Tidbit, completely agree. Even Clooney's gotten a few laughs out of himself.
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1:27PM on 08/27/2011
ENOUGH FUCKING REMAKES ALREADY!!!... phew, that felt good.
ENOUGH FUCKING REMAKES ALREADY!!!... phew, that felt good.
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5:04PM on 08/27/2011
are you in a clockwork orange? is someone forcing you to watch remakes? Does the original Gambler somehow weight heavily on your childhood? (was it playing in the background while your uncle raped you?)

plenty of original stuff out there, cry baby. If you don't like it then withhold you cash. The marketplace is generating these remakes... not an insidious plot to ruin your weekend.
are you in a clockwork orange? is someone forcing you to watch remakes? Does the original Gambler somehow weight heavily on your childhood? (was it playing in the background while your uncle raped you?)

plenty of original stuff out there, cry baby. If you don't like it then withhold you cash. The marketplace is generating these remakes... not an insidious plot to ruin your weekend.
12:54PM on 08/29/2011
And with a name like that I am supposed to take your comments seriously? Comments obviously made from behind the safety of your computer keyboard from your mother's basement. What's wrong? Did my comments hurt your little feelings because you have been stupid enough to shell out your hard earned cash for lame retreads of better movies? And as far as the marketplace, a lot of these remakes fail (Arthur, Fright Night)do your homework before you open your mouth, genius. And as for the rest of your
And with a name like that I am supposed to take your comments seriously? Comments obviously made from behind the safety of your computer keyboard from your mother's basement. What's wrong? Did my comments hurt your little feelings because you have been stupid enough to shell out your hard earned cash for lame retreads of better movies? And as far as the marketplace, a lot of these remakes fail (Arthur, Fright Night)do your homework before you open your mouth, genius. And as for the rest of your unnecessarily rude remarks, you only reveal yourself for the immature coward you are by attacking others from the safe anonymity of the internet like so many other no-life trolls. Seriously, do you think your remarks make you sound cool or edgy? Get over yourself and grow up!If you can't intelligently and respectfully respond to a comment, keep your mouth shut, HunglowIQ.
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