Thursday, February 10, 2005

POPCORN: For a Change of Pace, Leo teams with Marty

Poor Bobby DeNiro, looks like he's been replaced by another and a former co-star at that. Leonardo DiCaprio is reuniting with his "The Aviator" and "Gangs of New York" director Martin Scorsese to remake Akira Kurosawa's 1948 classic "Drunken Angel," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original Japanese film centers on a young gang leader (Toshiro Mifune) who falls ill with tuberculosis and is treated by an alcoholic doctor. The two strike up an uneasy friendship before the gangster's former boss is released from prison and takes over the gang.

Like Kurosawa's frequent working relationship with Mifune, Scorsese's recent career is marked with multiple collaborations with DiCaprio. Besides 2002's "Gangs of New York" and the current "Aviator," the duo are also working "The Departed," the English-language remake of the Chinese crime drama "Infernal Affairs."
"Aviator" scribe John Logan will write the script for Warner Bros.' "Drunken Angel" remake.

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