Welcome to The Morning Read.
Last week got crazy busy, and the Morning Read suffered for it. Such is the ebb and flow of columns, I suppose, but here we are at the start of a new week, and there's more than a little bit to talk about, so no time to waste...
First, there's the report that began with the Danish magazine Echo over the weekend. Congratulations are due to the Danish magazine Echo, because I now know that the Dutch magazine Echo exists. Well-played. The "news," such as it is, sounded like Lars Von Trier, the cinematic terrorist behind "Anti-Christ," "Breaking The Waves, and " "Dancer In The Dark," had made a deal with Martin Scorsese to remake "Taxi Driver" with Robert De Niro starring in it. And, suitably, people exploded because that is sacred ground, and taken at face value, there's something almost numbing about reading "remake of 'Taxi Driver'" at this point in pop culture's Ouroboros.
The truth, though, is actually exciting in a "what if?" sort of a way. It doesn't sound like any deal has been made to do anything, but Scorsese is a self-avowed Von Trier fan, which makes perfect sense. There's a playful appreciation of form to even the most punishing of Von Trier's films, and I think Scorsese is the sort of film nerd who gets a boner from mise en scene and aesthetic formalism in people's work. He loves movies where the director's hand is evident, and he has a love for the classic Hollywood women's pictures. There was a sense in all of those films that being a woman is rough because the universe has it in for them, and if Scorsese was reared on those, as he seems to have been, it's no wonder he tunes in to what Von Trier does. Now... does that mean he's going to take on a challenge from Von Trier, a la "The Five Obstructions"? That's another question, and he's got a really full plate in the next few years, starting with his upcoming kid's film "The Invention Of Hugo Cabret," which goes in front of the camera this summer. It's a love-letter look at a young boy who becomes friends with Georges Melies in Paris, and early reports indicate it'll be the first 3D film from Scorsese. He also still wants to make "Silence" and several other already-announced projects, so I'm not sure where he'd find time to do it. And the translation of the piece from Echo leaves a lot of room for uncertainty.