Martin Scorsese has said, in a round-about-way, that The Irishman might be the last film he makes. Speaking to the Guardian, the Academy Award-winning director reflected on the making of the Netflix movie, his work on Happy as Lazzaro, The Souvenir, and Uncut Gems, as well as his gripes with superhero films.
The renowned filmmaker complained that “theatres have been commandeered by superhero films – you know, just people flying around and banging and crashing.” This shift in the cinema landscape seems to have expedited the 77-year-old retirement from directing. “There’s no room for another kind of picture. I don’t know how many more I can make. Maybe this is it. The last one. So the idea was to at least get it made and maybe show it for one day at the NFT or The Cinematheque in Paris. I’m not kidding.”
Scorsese has been outspoken about his contempt for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He ruffled feathers back in October when he said that Marvel films weren’t cinema and compared them to theme parks.
Although his comments suggest The Irishman might have been his last directorial exercise, he’s not leaving film altogether. Moving forward, however, it looks like he’ll be taking a more curatorial approach to cinema.“I’m 77 and I’ve got things to do. Time is of the most value, right? I put my name on the line and say: ‘Yes, I think you should see this picture.’”