“It’s Too Late”: Martin Scorsese Reflects on His Directing Career in New Interview

Martin Scorsese, one of the most influential filmmakers of the past five decades, recently gave a sobering view of his directing career in an interview with Deadline. Scorsese, who has directed films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street, is back with an epic crime drama, Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20.

At 80 years old, Scorsese is likely nearing the end of his directorial career, as he is coming to terms with his own mortality. In the interview, Scorsese quoted Kurosawa, saying he is only now beginning to truly understand what cinema can be, though “it’s too late” for him to tell all the stories he wants to.

“I wish I could take a break for eight weeks and make a film at the same time [laughs]. The whole world has opened up to me, but it’s too late. It’s too late. I’m old. I read stuff. I see things. I want to tell stories, and there’s no more time,” Scorsese said.

Despite his age, Scorsese has lost no enthusiasm for filmmaking, and with the clock ticking on his career, he is eager to move on to his next project with little rest. In fact, Scorsese and DiCaprio are already set to reunite for a seventh movie together ahead of Killers of the Flower Moon’s release.

If the project with DiCaprio comes together, Scorsese’s next film will likely be The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder, an adaptation of a book by David Grann, who is the same author behind Killers of the Flower Moon’s source material. But even if Martin Scorsese does decide to hang it up after his latest film releases in theaters this October, he will likely retire with yet another masterpiece entered into his already illustrious filmography.

Source: Deadline

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