Lars Von Trier Really Is Teaming Up With Martin Scorsese To Remake The Five Obstructions

By Katey Rich 2011-05-13 07:30:05discussion comments
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Film nerds, brace yourselves, because you're about to hear what might be the best news you get all year. Not only is Lars von Trier planning to remake The Five Obstructions with another legendary filmmaker, but he's got Martin Scorsese on board to do it with him. According to THR the two have agreed to collaborate on the project, which if it takes the same format as the first Five Obstructions will see Von Trier challenging Scorsese to remake a film of his while following five different rules. Rumor had it earlier this year that Von Trier wanted to use Taxi Driver, though THR suggests it might be one of Scorsese's early shorts, or possibly a scene from one of his more iconic films. After all, five different feature remakes seem a little unlikely for Scorsese, who's still got plenty of other projects lined up.

In fact, Scorsese will first finish Hugo Cabret, the 3D children's film set for release this December, and move on to direct Daniel Day-Lewis in Silence, a drama about Jesuit priests in Japan, early next year. But there's plenty reason to be patient and wait for this; Scorsese may easily know more about film than anyone else on the planet, and von Trier will probably outdo himself to come up with a challenge that might actually flummox the veteran director. In the original Five Obstructions, the documentary von Trier released in 2003, he challenged his mentor Jorgen Leth to remake his own 1967 short film in a Bombay slum, as an animated film, in Cuba with no shot lasting longer than 12 frames, and so forth. Von Trier has the ability to punish Leth when he fails to accomplish the task, which already has me excited at the notion of motormouthed New Yorker Scorsese arguing with that stubborn Dane von Trier.

How's this for an obstruction: von Trier is famously afraid of airplanes, and has never been to the United States, presumably something that won't change to make this film. Scorsese, being an iconic American director, will likely be forced to remake one of his American-set films anywhere but the U.S., a small change compared to some of the other challenges von Trier might lay out but already an interesting one. Really, anything is possible, which is what makes this so exciting. Make your suggestions for Scorsese's challenges in the comments and try not to pass out with anticipation for this.
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