Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen Doing TV? Hell Yes! But Wait…

By Kayla Matteo

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese== "THE RED SHOES" New York Screening== DGA Theater, NYC== November 3, 2009== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - WILL RAGOZZINO/ ==

Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen are most prominently known for one thing: films. Scorsese (an NYU alum, I might add) directed major productions like The Wolf Of Wall Street, Goodfellas, and Taxi Driver. Allen’s famous name comes from directing/writing/acting films such as Annie Hall and Manhattan. Both of these New York natives are known for creating some of the most iconic movies of all time — so why are they deciding to do television in 2016?

The thought of Scorsese or Allen creating something new every week seems surreal to their fans. But the problem here is that these directors will be expected to perform a masterpiece every episode. The stakes are high for Scorsese and Allen in their upcoming TV projects; will they be able to continue to meet the standards that Hollywood has given them? Let’s see what people — and the directors themselves — are saying about their new shows.

Scorsese’s new show is titled Vinyl and apparently is where he will be working with Mick Jagger. The show takes place in the 70s and revolves around a record executive who’s trying to resurrect his label by finding new sounds of disco and punk music. Considering Scorsese’s style, you can expect lots of corruption, cocaine, and sex mixed in with the premise of the show as well.

Writing the pilot for the screenplay will be Terence Winter (ALSO an NYU alum), who is known for producing the TV shows Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos. Winter’s involvement not only solidifies the theme of scandal, sex, and drugs — his reputation in the production of these shows carves a promising path towards The Emmys. Winter also worked alongside Scorsese in The Wolf Of Wall Street where he won the “National Board of Review Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.” Scorsese working with a renowned producer/writer in film and television? Looks promising.

Amazon had recently announced that Woody Allen will be directing six half-hour episodes through their streaming service in 2016. “I don’t know what streaming service is,” Allen says in an interview with Deadline. Allen’s lack of confidence in his television project is concerning, given his past success in making movies. He has previously won an Academy Award for Best Director for Annie Hall and three other Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay.

However, Allen’s talent for film seem to be failing him in making the television show. He says, “I have regretted every second since I said OK. It’s been so hard for me. I had the cocky confidence. Well, I’ll do it like I do a movie… it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not.” Allen seems completely unprepared and unenthusiastic about the show coming up in 2016, hence the reason the show is still called “Untitled Woody Allen TV Series.” Given this information, tread lightly Woody Allen fans — this may not just be a case of Allen’s neurotic perfectionism.

At first glance, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen doing television promises quality directing and writing; but who said directing movies meant genius on TV? The only way to find out if these shows will be masterpieces or downright disappointments is to wait it out… but not build up too many expectations.

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