In a follow-up to his 2003 documentary The Five Obstructions, which saw controversial director Lars von Trier teaming up with Jørgen Leth to revisit Leth's short film The Perfect Human, von Trier will now team-up with Martin Scorsese to revisit that director's seminal classic Taxi Driver.
The purpose of The Five Obstructions is to force a director to look at one of his earliest films, and remake it five times, while Lars von Trier throws certain 'obstructions' in the way. Obstacles that will greatly change the film, and the way the director thinks about plot, story structure, characterization, location, and other elements that go into making a masterpiece of cinema.
The Five Obstructions: Taxi Driver will ask Martin Scorsese to revisit one of his first great achievements five different times, while Lars von Trier studies the different outcomes. Additional details of the film have not been disclosed at this time, and its still possible that the two directors will consider a different early Martin Scorsese film for the project.
Here is what Lars von Trier had to say about The Five Obstructions: Taxi Driver.
""The idea behind this obstructions thing is that you give each other tasks which will move you into an area where you have been reluctant to go yourself. Under protest, you do that and then you enlarge your repertoire."