EXCLUSIVE: How many short films ever boasted this kind of star wattage? RatPac Entertainment is producing a short being directed by Martin Scorsese that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE), Lawrence Ho and James Packer’s global resorts and casino brand.
They got the best cast for a casino-themed film since Steven Soderbergh was making the Ocean’s Eleven films: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. The script was written by Wolf Of Wall Street scribe and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter. RatPac’s Brett Ratner and RSA’s Jules Daly are producing and Packer and Ho are executive producing.
The film will premiere next year at the opening of Melco-Crown’s newest movie-themed resort Studio City in Macau, the big gambling mecca that is now part of China. It’s the first time De Niro, Pitt and DiCaprio have worked with Martin Scorsese together in the same film.
DiCaprio has done five with Scorsese, and De Niro eight, but none together until now. De Niro and DiCaprio did This Boy’s Life back in 1993, with De Niro so impressed by the kid that he suggested to his pal Scorsese that he ought to meet DiCaprio. The two met and hit it off pretty well. Maybe this convergence with Pitt is a good warmup for that Frank Sinatra film Scorsese and DiCaprio have been talking about?