Joker: Scorsese shows why he has directed


Published on Nov 05, 2019


Now it is not a secret that the last film of Todd Phillips has taken cues from the iconic film of Scorsese, particularly Taxi Driver and King for a Night. In fact, for a while it was seemed to me that Scorsese would have contributed to produce the Joker, but in the end did not happen. When Phillips rose to the edge, Scorsese's the departed, and has been dedicated to other projects, such as The Irishman.

The fact that Scorsese has flirted with an adaptation of a comic is funny, considering his controversial comments about the cinematic universe Marvel have dominated the headlines in the last month. It is different from anything the genre has ever seen before, and it's easy to understand why the material might be attractive for Scorsese.

In an interview with the BBC, Scorsese has explained why he left the helm of the Joker, apparently his decision was based on some doubts on its suitability to the project:

“I know very well the movie. I know very well [director Todd Phillips]. My producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff produced it. I've thought about it a lot in the last four years, and I didn't have time to do it, personal reasons to which I have not been involved, but I know very well the script. He has a real energy and Joaquin, you did an extraordinary job.

For me, ultimately, I don't know if I could take the next step in developing this character, who becomes a character of a comic book. You follow me? Develops into an abstraction. Does not mean that it is a bad art, just not for me... The movies about superheroes, as I said, they are another form of art, are not easy to achieve. There are a lot of very talented people who do a good job and many young people enjoy themselves so much“.

Therefore, it seems that Scorsese has given serious thought to direct the Joker before passing the film to Philipps, who was hired as director in 2017, for which the decision of Scorsese should have been taken before then, in a moment in which Scorsese was already in the midst of the pre-production of The Irishman.

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