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Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott possibly re-teaming for The Wolf of Wall Street

07.08.2010

Based on the book by Jordan Belfort, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET is a project that star Leonardo DiCaprio (INCEPTION) was once ready to make with his directorial partner in crime Martin Scorsese (HUGO CABRET). That whole thing didn't work out, and what we got instead from the two was SHUTTER ISLAND, which was a-ok by me.

But it seems the memoir of "stockbroker decadence" is still alive and well, as Deadline's Mike Fleming is reporting that director Ridley Scott is now in early negotiations to take the helm. Martin Scorsese is still involved but in a producer capacity, along with DiCaprio and his Appian Way production company, and likely Scott Free as well. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET script, part of 2007's Black List, was penned by the excellent Terrence Winter ("The Sopranos", HBO's upcoming "Boardwalk Empire") and is reportedly really terrific.

Here's a rundown of Jordan Belfort's book from Amazon.com: "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 great, but Fleming points out that the only thing that could keep this from happening (again) would be scheduling. Scott's got the upcoming ALIEN prequel which is top priority at Fox, and DiCaprio's committed to HOOVER, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic. We'll just have to wait and see.
Extra Tidbit: I wouldn't mind seeing Michael Mann tackle this project either.
Source: Deadine

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