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Martin Scorsese Loads Up His Burgeoning Slate, Renews Paramount Deal

Martin Scorsese Loads Up His Burgeoning Slate, Renews Paramount Deal

It’s no surprise that New Yorker Martin Scorsese is sticking with his home base Paramount, given that Brad Grey managed the filmmaker and produced “The Departed” (2006) before he took the studio reins as CEO. Scorsese immediately forged a producing deal and is now pacted with Paramount through 2019. Paramount distributed Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” “Hugo,” Rolling Stones doc “Shine a Light” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and will open Scorsese and Jay Cocks’ adaptation of Shusako Endo’s 17th century missionary epic “Silence,” starring Ken Watanabe, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, in 2016.

As Paramount pushes to bolster its lean production slate, it’s also seeking more product from its many first-look production deals, including Michael Bay, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Jerry Bruckheimer and Mary Parent. 

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The studio confirms that Scorsese has added his in-the-works Leonard Bernstein biopic to his crammed schedule with “Spotlight” screenwriter Josh Singer on board. Scorsese directs and produces, with Fred Berner and Amy Durning for Fred Berner Films.

Scorsese is currently developing a project to star his go-to leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Devil in the White City.” DiCaprio is producing with Jennifer Davisson the movie which Billy Ray is adapting from Erik Larson’s novel “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.”

Also in the works is Steve Zaillian’s script for “The Irishman” based on “I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mob, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa” to star Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. 

READ MORE: Scorsese Adds Mob Drama ‘The Wannabe’ to His Busy Schedule 

Over at Paramount Television, Scorsese is prepping “Vinyl,” written by Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”) and executive produced with Mick Jagger, which features Bobby Canavale as record-label head Richie Finestra, who makes his way, with wife Devon (Olivia Wilde), through the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll world of 1970s music production. The series debuts on HBO next year. Executive producers are Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter.

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Another TV project puts Scorsese back in the mob drama saddle, executive producing Nick Sandow’s second feature, “The Wannabe.” It’s part and parcel of Scorsese’s ongoing late-career interests. Last year’s lit doc “The 50 Year Argument,” co-directed with David Tedeschi, reveled in the mid-20th century intellectual hothouse of the New York Review of Books, and he still plans to bring “Sinatra,” his biopic of Ol’ Blue Eyes—in the works since at least 2009—to fruition.

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