Could Scorsese And De Niro Reteam On The Comedian?

By Katey Rich 2011-05-23 10:53:17discussion comments
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It's been more than a decade since Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese last teamed up for a film, when they made 1995's Casino, but they've been teasing us for nearly as long about joining forces again. For a long time we assumed their next project together would be The Irishman, based on the novel I Heard You Paint Houses; as recently as last March De Niro teased the project, which would also feature Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. But now Showbiz 411 has gotten wind of an entirely different project that could bring Scorsese and De Niro back together, and one that isn't reminiscent of their Mob-tinged work but of 1982's The King of Comedy.

They hear that De Niro is a big fan of a script from Art Linson called The Comedian, about an insult comic described as "sort of like Don Rickles meets Joan Rivers." There's nothing actually official, since De Niro is just a fan of the script and has the idea to convince Scorsese to direct it; it also seems like a long shot for Scorsese to take his on any time soon, given that he's got Hugo Cabret coming out at the end of this year, is planning the historical epic Silence for early next year and will love on from there to remake The Five Obstructions with Lars von Trier. But you can see why De Niro would want Scorsese on board for the project; though it's reportedly very different, even the title The Comedian immediately brings to mind Scorsese and De Niro's 1982 film The King of Comedy, in which the actor played an aspiring stand-up comic.

I wouldn't get too excited about the project just yet, since all the details are so fuzzy and presumably the plan to make The Irishman along with all those other Scorsese is still in place. But King of Comedy fans who think it's the great underappreciated Scorsese/De Niro collaboration, it seems De Niro is right there with you on that one.
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