Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Could Be Delayed; Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Jack Ryan’ Shifted To January?
According to reports, Paramount Pictures may shift both ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Jack Ryan.’ Apparently Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ won’t be ready for its scheduled November 15th release, raising the possibility that it won’t be a contender in this year’s Oscar race. Insiders say Scorsese’s cut of the film is 180 minutes long, and that he’s currently in discussions with his producers about how to shorten the running time. The studio and the legendary director are hoping that the movie, based on former broker Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir, will be completed by Christmas in time for an awards run. If not, the film would be pushed back to 2014.
If ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is done in time for a holiday release, Paramount Pictures will reportedly push back the opening of Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Jack Ryan’ from Christmas Day to January 17th and give ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ the Christmas Day slot, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. ‘Jack Ryan’ would open over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the US, a lucrative moviegoing weekend.
Based on Jordan Belfort’s 1990 best-selling memoir of the same name, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ brings Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio together for their fifth feature collaboration. Alongside DiCaprio, the stellar cast for the film also includes Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey and Kenneth Choi.
‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is lead by Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a man who experiences a dramatic rise on Wall Street, and gets lost in the drugs and other excess of a hard partying lifestyle that comes hand in hand with all that money. His downfall is precipitous, and he spent 22 months in jail before straightening out his life. In the film, Kyle Chandler plays Coleman, a FBI agent who builds a case against Belfort. Jonah Hill plays Belfort’s close friend and business partner who’s persuaded by Belfort to quit his job in the furniture business to jump into volatile world of stocks. Matthew McConaughey’s character, Mark Hanna, is the early boss and mentor of Belfort. Jean Dujardin portrays Jean-Jacques Handali, a suave Swiss banker involved in laundering illicit funds for the protagonists firm. Margot Robbie is playing the films female lead, Nadine, the wife of Belfort, while Jon Bernthal is playing a drug dealer and money launderer.
With a celebrated career now spanning six decades, Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history. A cinematic master, his works include such iconic films as ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Mean Streets,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Casino,’ ‘Gangs of New York,’ ‘The Aviator,’ ‘Shutter Island,’ and ‘The Departed.’ The acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter is one of the most decorated filmmakers of all time and continues to delight critics and audiences alike with his most recent work, ‘Hugo,’ a multiple Academy Award winning film that not only marked the director’s first foray into 3D but is also his first adventure film for all the family. Check out the official synopsis for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ book below. Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) adapted the book for the film.
By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called…
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.
Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits–for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.
From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down…
In ‘Jack Ryan,’ Chris Pine takes on the eponymous Tom Clancy character; who’s previously been played in novel-to-screen adaptations by Alec Baldwin in ’The Hunt for Red October,’ by Harrison Ford in both ’Patriot Games’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger,’ and finally by Ben Affleck in ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ The story for this film centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan, who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the US economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Keira Knightley).
Kenneth Branagh will be pulling double-duty as the film’s director and villain, while Kevin Costner stars as William Harper, a legendary CIA Field Agent. Adam Cozad and Anthony Peckham wrote the screenplay for this “Jack Ryan” reboot, while David Koepp penned the most recent draft. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing alongside Mace Neufeld and David Barron. David Ellison is executive producing the film. Branagh recently described the movie as “an original story that allows us to understand how Jack Ryan develops into a CIA analyst, before joining, and perhaps even joining, the CIA. It’s a very contemporary action thriller set in the here and now.”
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