According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese is signing on to direct a remake of the 1974 James Cann-starring drama, “The Gambler,” about a New York English professor who, despite his legendary work in the classroom, suffers from a secret gambling addiction. The film follows him down the rabbit hole of the addiction, as he extorts his mother and forces students to point shave in basketball to help him pay off his debt.
DiCaprio is Scorese’s chosen star, though he hasn’t yet committed to the project. If and when he does sign on the dotted line, it’ll be the pair’s fifth film together. They began their run in 2002 with “Gangs of New York,” moving on to “The Aviator,” “The Departed” and “Shutter Island.” DiCaprio will next be seen in the titular role of the Clint Eastwood-directed “J. Edgar,” the biopic of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and is currently filming “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann’s grand 3D adaptation in which he again plays the titular role.
As for Scorsese, he is venturing into the land of 3D and children’s films for his next picture, the magical “Hugo.” He’ll soon debut his HBO documentary about George Harrison, and is in pre-production on “Silence,” the 17th century thriller that re-teams him with “Gangs of New York” star Daniel Day Lewis, as well as Gael Garcia Bernal.
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