Originally looking to be another re-teaming of Leonardo Di Caprio and director Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott is in early discussions to take the reigns of a film adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s 90’s stock market memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street” reports Deadline.
Di Caprio and Scorsese came close to doing the project two years ago but it stalled due to a dispute between Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures, resulting in the duo shifting their focus to making the recent “Shutter Island”. Now, the scenario is that Scorsese will produce the project alongside Di Caprio’s Appian Way and Scott’s Scott Free production companies.
The book follows the supervisor of a group of stockbrokers who live off the extravagant funds they scored from squeezing clients to buy stocks that pay off in the broker’s favour. The federal authorities eventually brought down the shady brokers.
Scott apparently loves the script adaptation by Terry Winter (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”) but Scott’s “Alien” prequel, Scorsese’s “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and Di Caprio’s starring role in Clint Eastwood’s “Hoover” make scheduling for the film an absolute nightmare.