Back in the glory days of Hollywood, even the top directors cranked out at least a movie a year. In the late 30s, when he was arguably doing his best work, John Ford made an average of three per year.
But of course Hollywood is no longer a smoothly operating assembly line — too many players want in on the deal. This recent article in the Los Angeles Times details what’s delaying a proposed new collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. It left me amazed that movies manage to get made at all.
The irony is that Scorsese, who always seems to have a pile of projects he’s interested in, is having trouble because he finally won an Oscar this year for The Departed. Don’t get me wrong, I liked The Departed, but I wouldn’t call it his best film. Which of these do you think should have been the first film to win Scorsese an Academy Award instead of The Departed?