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Lars Von Trier, Robert DeNiro, and Martin Scorsese Collaborating on New Taxi Driver

Lars Von Trier, Robert Deniro, and Martin Scorsese Collaborating on New Taxi DriverThough not considered to be horror in its truest sense, the original 1976 classic Taxi Driver appeals to multitudes of genre fans because in it star Robert Deniro gives one of the most unsettling performances of a psychopath ever put to film. Now word has come out of Berlin that Deniro, director Martin Scorsese, and Antichrist‘s Lars Von Trier are all teaming to bring us an update of the uber-violent film.

From Variety
“Berlin and the Internet have been abuzz with rumors of a Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro-Lars Von Trier collaboration — and, at least for the time being, they appear to be true.

The idea behind the project is similar to the film “The Five Obstructions” that Von Trier and Danish helmer Jorgen Leth made in 2003. In that film, Von Trier challenged his colleague Leth to do a remake of his own 1967 film “The Perfect Human.” Von Trier gave Leth the task of remaking five times, each time with a different obstacle, such as making the film animated.

In the new project, Von Trier will challenge Scorsese and De Niro to remake their 1976 classic “Taxi Driver.”

The story took on a life of its own after a Danish newspaper published an interview in which Peter Aalbaeck Jensen, von Trier’s business partner and executive producer, said he could neither confirm nor deny the rumors.

“There will be a statement coming shortly,” he said — although another Danish source confirmed the collaboration.

Scorsese is in Berlin to tubthump his thriller “Shutter Island,” which unspooled Saturday night here, while von Trier drove down from Copenhagen to be a part of the pre-sales meetings of his forthcoming sci-fi film “Melancholia.” That film is to be shot within the next year, so the Scorsese collaboration would probably have to wait.

Over the weekend, when Scorsese was doing press in Berlin, he did not mention the Von Trier project, as discussion focused on features in pre-production, such as a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”

Look for a bit more soon.

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  • LifeMi

    Taxi Driver isn’t a horror film, but so what? It’s fucking brilliant and, with Shutter Island coming out, I don’t have a problem with it being covered so stop complaining.

    • Terminal

      You should play Travis Bickle in the new incarnation. You’re bad ass. And edgy. But I get to direct. Kay?

      • LifeMi

        Kay.

  • Terminal

    Yeah most definitely not horror. You’re really reaching guys. Will you begin featuring war movies because they have gore in them? Either way, I have no interest in this movie. I’ve basically had it up to here with reboots and sequels and remakes. This “experiment” sounds very self-indulgent.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Don’t expect major coverage here. Just mentioning it because of Von Triers involvement and because Bickel was a total psycho. We covered Straw Dogs too and Taxi Driver is certainly no less relevant than that.

      • Terminal

        Okay.

        • Gus Bjork

          If you just measure the effect it has, as a viewer, Taxi Driver has great suspense, tension and one of the most unsettling moods of any horror movie.

          I do agree completely on the self-indulgent comment though.

          • Terminal

            That doesn’t make it a horror movie though. Lots of movies have a lot of tension and suspense, but that doesn’t justify it being covered in the context of horror. Truth is truth.

          • Dalton Gang

            Well that raises the question, “What is a horror movie?”

          • Terminal

            Not. Taxi. Driver.

            Simple enough. Hehe.

            Hey Kevin Smith is set on doing a horror movie, why not review Cop Out?! That’ll be fun! :-p

            Nah, but I kid DC.