It seems Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has finally given up on film in favor of shooting digital for his next film, The Wolf of Wall Street – according to his long-time editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. The decision from the previous “champion of film” seems to be coming off the back of his last digitally-shot movie, Hugo, but since that was in 3D, no-one really asked any questions. Now it seems he’s abandoning film altogether in favor of digital.
Schoonmaker recently told Empire Magazine that she believes the decision marks Scorsese’s choice to officially ditch film for digital:
“It would appear that we’ve lost the battle. I think Marty just feels it’s unfortunately over, and there’s been no bigger champion of film than him.”
The surprise turnaround decision seems all the more shocking as, not only has Scorsese has been such a supporter of film, but also because he had suggested in the past he’d shoot digitally only if the film was in 3D, such as Hugo. But the director has chosen to do The Wolf of Wall Street in 2D, meaning he’s opting for digital just… well, just because. Perhaps to start the transition to digital and learn all the ropes – that’s not to say he won’t ever go back to film at some point, and maybe he has his reasons for choosing to transition now.
Schoonmaker went on to say:
“It’s a very bittersweet thing to be watching films with him now that are on film. We’re cherishing every moment of it. The number of prints that are now being made for release has just gone down, and it would appear that the theaters have converted so quickly to digital.”
She also confirmed that the film will shoot beginning in August, and gave us a little teaser of what the film is actually about:
“It’s about this man in the late ’90s [Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort] who got people to start investing in much cheaper stocks. It was a big scam, and he went to jail. They were out of their minds. Out of their minds! He’s out of jail now, doing motivational speaking. He supposedly feels bad about what he did…”
Since there are only a few filmmakers left who are 100% beholden to film, the Scorsese switch is a huge loss for the format. But is it all over?
Do you think he’ll ever go back?