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De Niro and Scorsese Discuss 'Taxi Driver' Sequel
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PostPosted: 01.20.2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: De Niro and Scorsese Discuss 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Reply with quote

From IMdB:



"Screen legend Robert De Niro has reunited with iconic director Martin Scorsese to work on a sequel to their classic movie Taxi Driver. The Oscar-winning actor, who starred as disturbed Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle in the 1976 film, has confirmed the movie veterans are mulling over script ideas for a follow-up to the gritty original. Apart from his comedy turn in Meet The Parents and its recent sequel Meet The Fockers, De Niro has starred in a series of flop films - and critics are hoping Travis Bickle's resurrection will restore his reputation as one of the greatest dramatic actors of all time. De Niro, 61, says, "I was talking with Martin Scorsese about doing what I guess you'd call a sequel to Taxi Driver, where he is older."



Holy schniekies. I don't know whether this is a good idea, but I know Taxi Driver seems even more relevant now than in 1976. I'd love to see Travis Bickle reacting to contemporary America and its current slate of neo-conservative agendas. Have the movies ever given us a more potent symbol of how reactionary politics can poison a nation's soul from within?



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PostPosted: 01.20.2005 11:00 pm    Post subject: Re: De Niro and Scorsese Discuss 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Holy schniekies. I don't know whether this is a good idea, but I know Taxi Driver seems even more relevant now than in 1976.


I would've called it a terrible idea had anyone but Scorsese and DeNiro, themselves, proposed it. I'm not sure how much wrong they could ever do, together. Why they didn't announce this after the votes were locked in for the Oscars, I dunno. They'll stall on giving him the award until he confirms what his last film is.
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PostPosted: 01.21.2005 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While sequels are often craven attempts to coast on previous success, there are times when sequels are legitimate extensions of an artistic vision. Perhaps it's easy to assume that Scorsese and De Niro are merely cashing in, but considering Scorsese's longstanding integrity as a filmmaker, I think it's easier to assume that they have unfinished business with Travis Bickle--think of it not as a sequel but as a completion. Depending upon the approach, revisiting Bickle could yield plenty of "fresh" ideas about the character and the nation we live in.



It's possible for artists to return to familiar ground and still have something to say... consider The Godfather Part II, Before Sunset, and of course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.



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PostPosted: 01.21.2005 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about Schrader??
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PostPosted: 01.21.2005 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering--hoping--the same.
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PostPosted: 01.24.2005 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankly, I'm hoping for a prequel trilogy.

Episode 1/3 - The Phantom Aroma

Episode 2/3 - Attack of the Runs

Episode 0 - Revenge of the Chili Cheeseburger

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PostPosted: 01.27.2005 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello? Is this thing on? I know you're out there, I can hear you breathing.



Okay, how about Drivin' 2: Electric Bickle-oo.
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PostPosted: 01.27.2005 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that new horror flick "hide n seek" or whatever its called looks like a new low for de niro... Confused
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PostPosted: 01.27.2005 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

juhsstin wrote:
that new horror flick "hide n seek" or whatever its called looks like a new low for de niro... Confused


Lower than Godsend? Really?
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PostPosted: 01.27.2005 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taxi Driver 2: Taxi Driverer
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PostPosted: 01.27.2005 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I chuckled at that one. Smile
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PostPosted: 01.27.2005 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taxi Driver: Reloaded



(get it? his gun ran out of bullets at the end? har har!)
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PostPosted: 01.27.2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt header wrote:
Okay, I chuckled at that one. Smile




Wait, I got more!



2 Taxi 2 Driver



Taxi Driver: Full Trottle



Taxi Driver the Destroyer



Taxi Driver, You Devil



Scream, Taxi Driver, Scream



TD2: Cabbies United



Taxi Driver 2, Pimps 0



Dawn of the Driver



The Two Bickles



From Manhattan with Love



Are You Talkin' to Me Too?



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PostPosted: 01.28.2005 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually consider Showtime to be DeNiro's worst.
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PostPosted: 01.28.2005 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

with de niro as a cop, i don't think you can really go THAT wrong. and seeing him alongside eddie murphy was pretty cool, i guess. if not just for the novelty of it.



how's this? Taxi Driver 2: the Chronicles of Bickle Laughing
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