Martin Scorsese's three hour, NC-17 The Wolf of Wall Street is being edited to make a November 25th release
Word came down a few weeks ago that Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET may move to a Christmas Day release or sometime in 2014 due to difficulties in editing down the film. This news came as a surprise as Scorsese is not exactly the kind of director who has to meet studio requirements with his films. Heck, GOODFELLAS, CASINO, THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YORK, and HUGO all were close to the 180 minute mark. Why would a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio be at risk of not making it's release date?
According to Showbiz411 is reporting that while Scorsese is now hoping that the film will be edited down in time for a November 25th release date, the reason may not just be running time on the film but also content. Rumors have the film's content being an easy NC-17 rating from the MPAA which always spells death for potential Oscar contenders. The trailer alone for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET insinuates copious amounts of drugs, violence, and sex in the fact-based story. NC-17 ratings are almost always related to nudity or sexual content, so that makes one wonder what the heck is going on in Martin Scorsese's film?
I completely understand that the studio needs to market the film to as wide of an audience as possible, but I am sure that everyone who was going to see an R-rated version of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET would be damn intrigued by an NC-17 version. Sure, we will probably get the director's cut on Blu-ray, but I really want to know what Uncle Marty included that is so objectionable.
If Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker do not make the proposed date, Christmas and a push to January for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT may still be in the cards. While discussions have existed to push THE WOLF OF WALL STREET to next year, that would be brutal for the film's awards hopes. We will keep you updated if things change.