The Wolf of Wall Street, the newest film by director Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been making lots of headlines in recent weeks. First, it was the uncertainty over the film’s release date — originally set for a November 15 wide release, the film was pushed back indefinitely due to editing concerns before landing back on the 2013 radar with a Christmas Day release. And now we know why: at one minute under three hours, the film is set to be the longest of Scorsese’s career, and it reportedly ran as long as four hours in early cuts.
Despite all the excitement over Scorsese’s upcoming Wall Street epic, the news hogging up the majority of the industry spotlight is the legendary director’s statements earlier this week that retirement is on his radar. At age 71 and with nearly fifty years under his belt as a feature film director, it shouldn’t really be a surprise, especially given the intense nature of the movie business, but for movie fans, it’s something of a punch to the gut. With twenty-two narrative films to his name, along with a variety of well-received documentaries and stints in television, the thought of a film landscape without Scorsese just doesn’t seem right.
“I have the desire to make many films, but as of now, I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left, if I get to make them,” Scorsese told Gulf News. He also explained that the nature of his work has changed as he’s gotten older and more successful. “I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. I’ve been very lucky in the last 10 years or so to have found projects that combine the desire [and fulfill] the obligation to my family and the financiers.”