Haute 100 lister and critically acclaimed film director Martin Scorsese has just extended his partnership with Paramount Pictures. The 72-year-old’s Sikelia Productions will continue to work with the film studio through 2019.
In a statement, Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said, “Marty is one of our industry’s most prolific and celebrated filmmakers and he is also an integral part of the Paramount family. We are looking forward to many more years and many more great films at Paramount Pictures.”
Under this partnership, Scorsese has created a number of films including his last three movies: Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street. The studio will also be releasing Scorsese’s forthcoming films, which include The Devil in the White City. The film will star Leonardo DiCaprio and is written by Billy Ray, based on Erik Larson’s novel The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Another film confirmed is The Irishman, which will star Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. It’s written by Steve Zaillian and is based on the novel I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mob, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa.
Paramount and Sikelia Productions are also developing a biopic of Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. Scorsese will direct and produce, along with Fred Berner and Amy Durning of Fred Berner Films. The biopic will be based off the screenplay Spotlight written by Josh Singer.
Paramount is also working with Scorsese on the highly anticipated new HBO series Vinyl, a rock-and-roll drama. Vinyl will star Bobby Cannavale, well known for playing gangster Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire, as Richie Finestra, the head of a fictional record label that’s trying to navigate a chaotic and corrupt world all while searching for the next big music artist. Olivia Wilde will play Finestra’s wife. Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger’s son James Jagger will play Kip Stevens, singer in a fictional punk band The Nasty Bits. Additional series regular includes Juno Temple, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, PJ Byrne, Joe Caniano, Andrew Dice Clay, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, J.C. MacKenzie, Jack Quaid and Paul Ben-Victor.