Mean Streets return for Scorsese and DeNiro?
Martin Scorsese has been talking about teaming up once again with Robert De Niro and returning to the world of the mobster that the two have teamed up for a number of times before.
Some thirty seven years after Mean Streets, it looks like they could be returning to them, although the pace will be somewhat slower and the focus different, the two are talking about another film together.
When asked about returning to the Mean Streets kind of films, he said:
”Bob De Niro (and I) are talking about something that has to do with that world...
...There's no doubt about that. We're working on something like that, but it's from the vantage point of older men looking back, none of this running around stuff.”
Now I'm sure I've heard that kind of comment before, but I just can't place it. I think I'm going to have to do some extensive searching to be sure, but it certainly rings a bell.
I think after seeing how well Jack Nicholson's character turned out in The Departed (Filmstalker review), it was clear that the older, meaner, sit back and organise character would work just as well, there's a lot more power in his performance than any of this front line men. It's a character that has worked time and time again.
Of course there's nothing to say that the return of Robert De Niro would see him in a role like that, and it could turn out to be the opposite kind of idea, maybe he's found redemption?
These are all questions I think that De Niro and Martin Scorsese would probably want answered too. I think there will be a long journey before we hear something out of this project and we discover what they have in store for us.
The story from Reuters has little else to go on other than the short quotes from the man himself, but to hear that they are working on something new is interesting enough. We just need to hear when they are going to deliver some sort of plot line and start development. Scorsese is a busy man.