American film director Martin Scorsese has hinted that he will retire after a “couple more” films.
This news came after the Oscar-winning director of classic films such as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and The Departed, was speaking at the Marrakech film festival. “I have the desire to make many films, but as of now, I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them” he said. It is rumored that at least one of his last “couple” of films will be called The Irishman and will mark a return to the crime genre with long time collaborators Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.
He continues: “I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. I’ve been very lucky in the last 10 years or so to have found projects that combine the desire [and fulfill] the obligation to my family and the financiers.” Scorsese has just finished work on his fifth collaboration with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, titled The Wolf of Wall Street; a black comedy tipped to be contender for Best Picture at this years Academy Awards.
News of retirement may be disappointing to hear, considering his ability as a great filmmaker, but if any current director had nothing else to prove and could retire satisfied with their filmography, it would be Martin Scorsese.