Martin Scorsese Making Documentary About 1970s New York Music Scene
With his latest film The Irishman causing quite the buzz, director Martin Scorsese has revealed that his next project will be a documentary based on 1970s New York.
Fans may remember his show Vinyl - a short-lived drama series set in the city during the 1970s, starring Bobby Cannavale as a record company president trying to reignite his faltering label. The programme was abruptly cancelled by HBO in 2016, meaning Scorsese never got to fully explore his love of the era and the culture that surrounded it.
But a new deal with Imagine Entertainment has meant that he will get another chance to look at the city and its music scene during that period - a time when the arrival of punk, hip-hop and disco meant big changes for music that still resonate beyond the five boroughs today.
As reported by Variety, the new movie is one of a heap of new projects that the film company's documentary arm is planning.
Although details are a bit thin on the ground, fans who know of his work will be fully aware that his music documentaries are always a major event.
His past ones include Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, based on the singer's infamous 1975 tour, as well as Living in a Material World, which focused on George Harrison's life, from growing up in Liverpool to his work with The Beatles and beyond.
He's also produced concert movies for The Rolling Stones and The Band.
Scorsese's newest movie, The Irishman, landed on Netflix today, having been shown in cinemas for the last two weeks.
The mob flick sees him working once more with Hollywood legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, and has already been labelled a classic by those lucky enough to have seen it on the big screen.
The film is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt and tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a gangster, hitman and World War Two veteran.
The synopsis says: "The film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime."
The movie spans decades, as Frank reflects back on his mobster career, with particular focus on the disappearance of his old friend and controversial union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) - and his potential involvement in the crime.
As well as the performances of its incredible cast - which includes Joe Pesci - the gangster thriller has been lauded for its use of state-of-the-art technology.
It's already received widespread critical acclaim and will no doubt be up for a number of awards.
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