Martin Scorsese And William Monahan Reteaming To Remake The Gambler

By Katey Rich 2011-08-26 20:36:01discussion comments
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Martin Scorsese, who seems to constantly have at least four projects in development at a given moment, has picked a new story to add to the pile. THR reports that he and The Departed screenwriter William Monaghan will team up again for The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 drama that starred James Caan. The story actually started out as an adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella of the same name, but the Caan version is about an English professor suffering from a secret gambling addiction that inspires him to behave terribly to all kinds of people who are close to him.

Scorsese is preparing to release his first children's film, Hugo, this December, but The Gambler sounds like a return to much more familiar territory for the director who has created some of the greatest cinematic scumbags in history. But there's also no telling when we might see this Gambler remake materialize. As THR notes he's trying to make his next project Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo's about Jesuit priests attempting to spread the word of their faith in Japan. Daniel Day Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal are already attached to that one, which makes it seem more likely it'll actually happen. Scorsese has also committed to The Five Obstructions: Scorsese vs. Trier, the most delightfully film-nerdy movie likely to come out in the next five years, in which he and Lars von Trier effectively remake von Trier's own The Five Obstructions.

With so much going on it seems unlikely we'll see The Gambler within the next year or two, but it's always good to see Scorsese filling up his dance card-- sure, not all of these projects may end up seeing the light of day, but he's still got a track record that speaks for itself and makes whatever he does a must-see.
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