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Few directors in the entertainment industry have the prestige and eclectic filmography as Martin Scorsese has. Throughout his career, he has given us brilliant films such as Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street and he shows no signs of stopping at the age of 75. He already has another film in the works called The Irishman which will star Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel that I cannot wait to see. Now, we have news that Scorsese will be involved with a television show.
Indeed, Martin Scorsese is set to work alongside Vikings writer Michael Hirst on The Caesars. This upcoming television show does not have a network yet but, as you can judge by the title, it will be set in Ancient Rome and focus on its early leaders. This is exciting news. For one, we all know about Scorsese’s pedigree in the film industry but he has had some success in the television industry with involvement in the critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire. On the other hand, he was also involved with Vinyl which was a TV show that was not as well received as Boardwalk Empire.
So, to be fair, Scorsese has proved capable of being successful with television projects but the overall results are mixed. Still, in Michael Hirst, he has a veteran in the television industry to collaborate with to make this show as good as it can be. Indeed, when it comes to period pieces, Michael Hirst is as capable as anyone to create a show like The Caesars. This is due to his work on The Tudors and Camelot in addition to writing the screenplay for films such as Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Martin Scorsese Is Passionate About This Project
When we consider all of the above, I believe that The Caesars could turn out to be a great televisions series, especially as Martin Scorsese is passionate about this period of Italian history. Indeed, in an interview with The Guardian, this is what Michael Hirst had to say about The Caesars and Scorsese’s involvement with it:
“He [Scorsese] genuinely loves the period and knows a lot about it. He got on the phone to Justin Pollard, my historical adviser. They chatted, partly in Latin, about sources for the stories and Roman poetry […] One of the benefits of working with [Scorsese] is that actors want to work with him. We’ll be casting a lot of young actors“.
“A lot of the Caesars came to power when they were young, and we’ve never really seen that on screen. It’s the energy, the vitality, the excess of a young culture that’s being driven by young people. There is something astonishing about the rise of a relatively small kingdom to world power within a very short space of time. It couldn’t have been done by tired old politicos and faded warriors“.
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