Even though he did meet Martin Scorsese this week in Berlin, director Lars von Trier is not going to be remaking, rebooting, rehashing or retwisting the Scorsese classic Taxi Driver. That is, if someone like Peter Aalbaek is to be believed. In the opinion of this writer, Aalbaek is the perfect person to ask, as he is von Trier’s business partner.
Aalbeck told ScreenDaily yesterday that “what is written” by the various sources behind this story “is not true.” He also went as far as to call the rumors “rubbish.”
This bit of news comes with the bittersweet tinge of dashed curiosity. After reading Robin’s report yesterday, I was later drawn to the idea — what if von Trier were to take the Werner Herzog/Bad Lieutenant approach and make something completely new, but loosely attached. Perhaps take the idea of Taxi Driver to a new setting. It could be a fruitful storytelling experiment. Alas, it is a pipe dream now — and probably for the best.