Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to Officially Re-Team for The Wolf of Wall Street
04.20.12 by Ryan
Probably the weirdest thing about director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Hugo was that it didn't include Leonardo DiCaprio. Outside of his documentaries and concert movies (and Hugo), Scorsese has cast DiCaprio in every one of his movies since 2002's Gangs of New York. Seems that one movie away was enough for the director, and he and DiCaprio are now ready to join forces once again for The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir of stockbroker decadence in the 1990s.
Adapted by Terence Winter (creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which Scorsese executive produces), The Wolf of Wall Street will follow DiCaprio as Belfort, who partied his way as a broker starting in the 1980s and eventually landed in jail for securities fraud.
"Everything about this film plays to Martin Scorsese’s genius and visionary storytelling," said producer Riza Aziz in the press release. "At its heart, The Wolf of Wall Street is about the rise of new 'modern' gangsters in New York. Wall Street gangsters that redefined excess, greed and arrogance. We're excited to see Mr. Scorsese take the reins of this visceral, tumultuous ride."
Scorsese and DiCaprio were looking to make The Wolf of Wall Street back in 2008, but made Shutter Island instead. In 2010, it looked like Ridley Scott might direct instead, but it's landed back with Scorsese. DiCaprio will also produce through his Appian Way banner.