Leave Travis Alone!

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I know this has nothing to do with tits or my penis, but there is a rumor floating around that Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece, Taxi Driver, is being remade. Allow me to say this in the nicest way possible. Oh, hell no. Scorecard Review reports:

This would not work like any regular remake, however. It’s based off an idea devised by Antichrist writer/director Lars von Trier. In 2003, von Trier got Danish director Jorgan Leth to remake his film from 1967 entitled The Perfect Human for a production called The Five Obstructions. In that film, von Trier challenged Leth to remake the film five times, and each round had “a different obstacle.” One method for that film was to make parts of it animated. A Taxi Driver remake would work along the same lines, and Robert De Niro would reprise the classic role of crazy chauffeur Travis Bickle. At the moment this has not been verified by Scorsese, De Niro, or even von Trier. Much of the rumors started when a Danish newspaper interviewed von Trier’s business partner and executive producer Peter Aalbaeck Jensen. Variety reports that he could neither “confirm or deny” the rumors, and that he just said “there will be a statement coming shortly.” Another Danish news source is said to have confirmed the project’s existence.

I have no idea if this is true, but if it is, I’ll be the guy with the fireball catapult in front of von Trier’s house. Taxi Driver is one of my favorite movies of all time, and doesn’t really need to be remade. It’s like God looking at Jennifer Connelly and saying, “Yeah, now that you mentioned it, I could probably make this better.” No, no you can’t. Leave it alone. If you want to remake something, remake something that sucks. Like Avatar or Sarah Jessica Parker for example.

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