Scorsese/De Niro News Part II: holy S, a Taxi Driver remake?:
Berlin and the Internet have been abuzz with rumors of a Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro-Lars Von Trier collaboration -- and, at least for the time being, they appear to be true.
The idea behind the project is similar to the film "The Five Obstructions" that von Trier and Danish helmer Jorgen Leth made in 2003. In that film, von Trier challenged his colleague Leth to do a remake of his own 1967 film "The Perfect Human." Von Trier gave Leth the task of remaking five times, each time with a different obstacle, such as making the film animated, given by von Trier.
In the new project, von Trier is to challenge Scorsese and De Niro to remake their 1976 classic "Taxi Driver."
The story took on a life of its own after a Danish newspaper published an interview in which Peter Aalbaeck Jensen, von Trier's business partner and executive producer, said he could neither confirm nor deny the rumors -- "There will be a statement coming shortly," he said -- although another Danish source confirmed the collaboration.
That's my official emoticon reaction until this is confirmed or denied.