There is only one sad thing about legendary movies: they are very difficult to reproduce. Some films are better left untouched. Director and writer share this opinion about Taxi Driver, the film that is regularly cited as one of the greatest movies of all time. Only its star, , disagrees. He apparently can't let the 15-year-old idea about a Taxi Driver remake go and would still be interested to act in a film featuring Travis Bickle's life.
As Indiewire reports, earlier this year Schrader said in a Reddit AMA that he had immediately shut down De Niro's idea when it came up in the 1990's.
[Robert] De Niro suggested [a 'Taxi Driver' sequel] to Marty and I about 15 years ago and I told him it was the dumbest idea that I've ever heard. I told him that character had died not more than 6 months after that movie was over. He was on a death trip and was gonna succeed the next time.
The rumour of a Taxi Driver remake surfaced once again in 2010 via , who challenged the legendary American director Scorsese to make a self-remake of his own film with a number of conditions imposed (like in Trier's brilliant The Five Obstructions where director Jørgen Leth faced this challenge.) However, Scorsese quickly disassociated himself from the project after von Trier's famous Nazi fiasco in Cannes in 2011.
But while the director and the writer seem to have moved on, de Niro is still adamant about the project. He has recently told The Guardian:
Yeah, well, I had that idea. I said, why don't we write something? And I talked to Marty and Paul did take a shot at something, whether it was an outline or a script, I forget. But somehow we didn't feel it was right and it didn't take off.
But I'd like to see where Travis is today. There was something about the guy—all that rage and alienation, that's what the city can do to you. I mean, Marty and I are from New York and even we can feel alienated.
What do you think? Should Scorsese and Schrader finally give in to De Niro's wish? Or would you be more interested in The Five Obstructions like self-remake?