Rumor Patrol: Taxi Driver Remake?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:32 am,

To quote the band Weezer, “Say It Ain’t So…”

Over the holiday weekend there was a lot of rumor circling Martin Scorsese, whose new film Shutter Island premiered in theaters overseas (we review it HERE).

We’ve already covered one rumor stating that Scorsese and Robert De Niro are collaborating on a new mob movie, but we have yet to report on the rumor (started by the Danish press) that Scorsese was approached during Shutter Island‘s Berlin premiere about doing a remake of his iconic film, Taxi Driver, by none other than director Lars von Trier (Antichrist).

The rumor mill was churning out word that von Trier had approached Scorsese about doing a new version of Taxi Driver, with Robert De Niro possibly reprising his Oscar-nominated role as Travis Bickle. Scorsese was said to be ‘mulling it over.’

While some sites reported the von Trier/Taxi Driver rumor at face value, other sites were immediately calling B.S.

Screen Daily is the latest site to weigh in on the matter, claiming that they’ve spoken with von Trier’s business partner, Peter Aalbaek Jensen, who claimed that “I have seen it [the story] in the Danish film magazine and what is written there is not true,” and also added that the rumor of von Trier wanting to remake Taxi Driver are “rubbish.”

Where do I stand? Well I’m a big Scorsese fan, a huge Taxi Driver fan and not at all a fan of Lars von Trier. Some critics feel von Trier is a genius at shattering the boundaries of cinematic convention. I’m one of those people that thinks von Trier and the films he makes (Antichrist) are simply strange. Not “unique,” just “strange.” And don’t try to sell me on Dancer in the Dark – I wasn’t a fan.

taxi driver Rumor Patrol: Taxi Driver Remake?

Do I want von Trier going anywhere near Taxi Driver? Hell no. Do I think von Trier would ever be allowed to go anywhere near Taxi Driver? Hell no. Do I think Scorsese and De Niro would ever hop aboard for that sort of ride with von Trier at the helm? Hell no.

However, it wouldn’t be the world of online movie news if we didn’t have a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ rumor to feed on every now and again. Luckily the Screen Rant Rumor Patrol is on the case.

How do you fancy the idea of Lars von Trier remaking Taxi Driver? Did you feel faint for a second there?

Sources: Hollywood Elsewhere, Earth Times, Screen Daily, /Film

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  1. I'm really Not O.K with this at all, although Thank-god it's only a rumor

  2. No, This is a horrible idea I'm not o.k with this at all

  3. It's a great idea. I've read that Trier would do it like he did it with Jørgen Leth's short “Det perfekte menneske” – he made a documentary “De fem benspænd” where he challenged Leth. For those of you who've seen “De fem benspænd” agree with me that the idea of Trier doing the same thing with Scorsese is truly interesting.

  4. Are they talkin' to me??? ARE THEY TALKIN' TO ME???
    Well I'm not listening…

  5. Lord help us all.

  6. im a fan of 3 of em (martin and taxi driver and lars)(and as painful as it was lars can bit the s*** out of humans psychology and human psychology)
    BUT
    i dont see any reason why should someone remake a movie(not including those craps like elm street or Halloween their NOT movies)
    if there is a reason to dislike (not hate) nolan that would be the insomnia no matter how great the remake turned out or how good AL Pacino felt i just dont like the idea of remakes

    imagine yourself as the director of some masterpiece and then someone wants to remake the landmark of your career its just pisses me off

  7. interesting my a$$ dear
    you just dont get it do you?!!

  8. Some films should not be remade ever by anyone.Is hollywood so devoid of original ideas that the only answer is to remake every movie that was successfull either artistically or at the box office? I am sure that the gentleman mentioned to remake the film is talented in his own right, but his remaking this film would be like asking Van Gough to repaint a Rembrant. This just should not happen.

  9. im a fan of 3 of em (martin and taxi driver and lars)(and as painful as it was lars can bit the s*** out of humans psychology and human psychology)
    BUT
    i dont see any reason why should someone remake a movie(not including those craps like elm street or Halloween their NOT movies)
    if there is a reason to dislike (not hate) nolan that would be the insomnia no matter how great the remake turned out or how good AL Pacino felt i just dont like the idea of remakes

    imagine yourself as the director of some masterpiece and then someone wants to remake the landmark of your career its just pisses me off

  10. interesting my a$$ dear
    you just dont get it do you?!!

  11. Some films should not be remade ever by anyone.Is hollywood so devoid of original ideas that the only answer is to remake every movie that was successfull either artistically or at the box office? I am sure that the gentleman mentioned to remake the film is talented in his own right, but his remaking this film would be like asking Van Gough to repaint a Rembrant. This just should not happen.

  12. Hell no but love to Martin and Robert make another story to goodfellas or many other mob story books that are out there.

  13. This is a good idea, but after watching the new Oldboy i keep thinking if it`s really a good idea.
    Perhaps, i like Lars and maybe could be a good movie.

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