If you are like me, you can’t wait for Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street however, we might have no choice. There are rumored to be two big issues: 1. The movie is three hours long and 2. Contents of the movie currently as is, gives it an NC-17 rating.
If you have read the book based on the life of Wall Street Mogul Jordan Belfort then you can easily see how an NC-17 rating could apply.
For Paramount this is familiar territory as they had a similar issue and with Scorsese back in 2009 when “Shutter Island” got pushed to 2010. Ultimately this was a win for the studio which gave them $130 million as it entered and smashed a non-competitive 1st quarter.
There is buzz that The Wolf of Wall Street can possibly be in the running for Best Picture. Because “Nebraska” is also slotted for November chances are that “Wolf” will get pushed but only to December. Not to mention all of the ad dollars lined up for its launch. [more…]
Insiders say that the current cut for the film is indeed 180 minutes long and won’t even be ready for the New York film Festival.
For now, I would count on Jack Ryan’s Christmas release to get pushed to MLK 2014 and Wolf to take the Christmas time slot, positioning it for an Oscar run. Directed by Scorsese, leading by Dicaprio, Screenplay by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and a supporting cast that includes Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner and Matthew McConaughey, best picture is not out of the question. Not to mention it’s one of my all-time favorite books, so hopefully they don’t screw it up.
Just in case you missed it, here’s the Trailer. McConaughey could get supporting actor, he’s nothing but brilliant in the trailer.