Scorsese, Von Trier to update “The Five Obstructions”

The original 2003 documentary broke down the process of filmmaking by challenging director Jorgen Leth to remake a film five times, and now the legendary Taxi Driver helmer will have to face the task.
May 13, 2011

In Lars von Trier’s 2003 documentary The Five Obstructions, the filmmaker broke down the process of making movies by challenging director and mentor Jørgen Leth to remake his short film The Perfect Human five times, with each remake subject to an “obstruction” created by von Trier.

Now, legendary helmer Martin Scorsese has accepted the von Trier challenge.

The news broke during the third day of the Cannes Film Festival, where von Trier is promoting his latest feature, Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst. While it hasn’t been confirmed, rumors are circulating that the film Scorsese will have to remake five times for the maverick Dane will be Taxi Driver.

The shoot is expected to begin in 2012.

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