Martin Scorsese, in New York to do publicity for his Mafia opus, "GoodFellas," said he had just returned from the Florida Everglades where he was planning to do his next film, a remake of the 1962 "Cape Fear" in which Robert Mitchum was the ex-con who menaced the lawyer who had sent him to prison.
"It's not the usual place to do a film," said Scorsese, who added that Robert De Niro, who has already done six films with Scorsese, will be playing the ex-con in the remake.
Scorsese has been talking to Robert Redford about doing the role of the lawyer, played originally by Gregory Peck. "I would love to have him do it," he said.
In the first version, the ex-con also menaced the lawyer's wife and daughter.
"Today, you can be more up front with what the ex-con is trying to do," said Scorsese, "but maybe we'll make the girl a little older."
"GoodFellas," like a few more films Scorsese has done, doesn't do much for the Italian-American image, but Scorsese defends the film. "If you tell the truth, you can say anything in your film, and it's only one aspect of that subculture," he said.
Asked why he doesn't do a movie about Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi, rather than gangsters, Scorsese said he didn't really know. "Maybe he's not that interesting," he said.
Scorsese knows what it is to feel the wrath of pressure groups. His "Last Temptation of Christ" annoyed more than a few people.
"Priests, who are my friends, liked it," he said. "There was no resentment from the church. It was the people who wanted to kill me," he said.
Nicholas Pileggi's book, "Wiseguy," was the source for "GoodFellas." The book is not to be confused with the 1986 movie called "Wise Guys" starring Joe Piscopo and Danny DeVito. There is also a television series called "Wiseguy."
Pileggi was asked how come.
"There is no patent on titles," he said.
The producers of "Shogun," which played the Kennedy and is now scheduled to open on Broadway, say they have trimmed it to two-and-one-half hours. When it opened at the Kennedy, the show was three hours long.
It's a big show. When it begins, lightning crackles across the ceiling of the theater, and a boat founders as passengers either jump or fall from it. This bigness continues throughout, which is the way American musical theater is going today, thanks to the influence of the British musical theater.
They did it with "Cats," "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera," musicals in which the sets are as important as the score and the players. "Shogun," based on James Clavell's novel, is the first American musical to try for all this bigness. Whether or not the New York critics will accept this from American producers remains to be seen.
Twentieth Century Fox has apparently decided not to release its "Andrew Dice Clay Concert Movie." They decided to hold the film after Clay's movie, "The Adventures of Fort Fairlane," met with so much bad press. It also met with bad box office. That's really what did it. The concert film will probably go to cable then cassette.
Hollywood may wait too long to do sequels of successful films. "Exorcist III," released 13 years after "Exorcist II" appeared, did not do that well at the box office. Nor did "The Two Jakes," a sequel to the 1974 "Chinatown." On the other hand, "Godfather III," which may be released later this year, follows the second film by 16 years, but there seems to be no doubt that this one is going to be a blockbuster. It will have to be. It is said to have cost $50 million, so far.
They did it to "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Ben-Hur," and now "Spartacus," a 1960 film, is being restored for 70mm release. Footage cut from the original print will be restored. Stanley Kubrick directed the film, and Kirk Douglas starred as the slave who led a rebellion against Rome.
Elektra Nonesuch Records will release a cassette and CD recording of George and Ira Gershwin's "Girl Crazy" on Friday, Nov. 9. Lorna Luft, David Carroll and Frank Gorshin do the singing. Elektra plans to record the complete works of the Gershwins, in cassette and CD form.
"Tony 'N' Tina's Wedding," which was supposed to close Oct. 31, has now been extended to Nov. 11. The show, which is being done at the Fells Point Cafe, opened there on June 13. When it ends, it will have completed a five-month run, not bad for Baltimore, not bad for a show some predicted wouldn't make it through the month.
"Tony 'N' Tina's Wedding" is a simulated wedding with the spectators acting as friends of the bride and groom.