Martin Scorsese Set to Direct DiCaprio, De Niro, and Pitt…In a Commercial?

By September 1, 2014

Normally, the words “Martin Scorsese is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Brad Pitt” would mean it’s time for Oscar prognosticators to start tallying up the awards potential of a movie that hasn’t even been made yet and for people to start lining up to buy tickets to see something that hasn’t even been shot yet, but this news, well, let’s just say there will be no Oscars involved and no one will have to pony up the price of a ticket.

Deadline reports that Martin Scorsese is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Brad Pitt in what is essentially a glorified commercial. The project is being billed as a short film, but it’s also a short film that “will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE), Lawrence Ho and James Packer’s global resorts and casino brand.” Uh, cool? Did everyone just want to hang out with each other? Make a quick buck? Are they really passionate about this particular casino brand? Did they want an excuse to gamble? Someone explain this.

Even better — or worse? depending? — Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter will write, again, what is basically a commercial for a casino. This is madness.


According to Deadline, “the film will premiere next year at the opening of Melco-Crown’s newest movie-themed resort Studio City in Macau, the big gambling mecca that is now part of China.” So, yes, everyone will probably get a cool trip out of it.

Yet, the outlet does remind us that there are a few special things about this (sad) matching of (great) talent. For one, “it’s the first time De Niro, Pitt and DiCaprio have worked with Martin Scorsese together in the same film.” Uh, commercial, but who is counting? Anyway, it’s also possible that this project will inspire the foursome (fivesome if Winter wants to come along for the ride) to make an actual movie together. As Deadline notes, “maybe this convergence with Pitt is a good warmup for that Frank Sinatra film Scorsese and DiCaprio have been talking about?” Let’s hope so.

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Kate Erbland
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