Martin Scorsese has hinted that his days in the director’s chair may well be over following the release of his most recent film, The Irishman.
Scorsese, who has hit the headlines both in a creative and controversial manner this year, has been heavily critical of the rising stock of superhero films as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to dominate the box office.
Despite the success of his Netflix produced film The Irishman, the iconic 77-year-old filmmaker has hinted that his time in the industry may have reached its end. “Theatres have been commandeered by superhero films—you know, just people flying around and banging and crashing,” Scorsese said in a new interview with The Guardian. “Which is fine if you want to see it, it’s just that 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.”
He added: “We are in a situation now where the theatres are only showing the latest superhero films. You have 12 screens—and 11 are the superhero film. You enjoy superhero films, fine, but you need 11 screens? It’s crazy for a picture like, you know, Lady Bird or The Souvenir.
“Those films may not necessarily be hugely commercial, but there are films that are modest and genuine and find a large audience. Just because a film is commercial doesn’t mean it can’t be art. What has consumed the theatres is product. A product is to be consumed and thrown away. Look at a commercial film like Singin’ In The Rain: you can watch it again and again. So the question is, how are we going to protect the art form?”