May 25, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Wolf of Wall Street” moving forward

By Sean O’Connell Leonardo DiCaprio has been circling “The Wolf of Wall Street” for some time now, but a major development announced in Cannes suggests that the project will be moving forward, and soon.

Red Granite Pictures revealed in France that it “has come on board” the picture, which tells the true story of Wall Street shark Jordan Belfort, THR reports.

The last we heard (in February) was that Martin Scorsese was attached to direct the picture. Given the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s long history with DiCaprio, that’s no real surprise. But a lot can change in a few months, and we’re not certain Scorsese is on board at this time.

We’re also not sure when “Wolf” would shoot. DiCaprio’s committed to Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” which currently is filming in Australia. DiCaprio could leap from that right to “Wolf,” but no timetable has been set.

“There is no better time to tell Jordan Belfort’s amazing story,” said Jennifer Killoran of Appian Way, DiCaprio’s production company. “The entire Appian Way team is excited to partner with Red Granite and EMJAG on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and look forward to a successful collaboration.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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