Yesterday, it was reported that director Martin Guigui had begun casting Raging Bull II. Veteran character actor William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) was mentioned as the frontrunner to star in the film. Now, I suppose the first question for any fan of Martin Scorsese’s 1980 biopic about the rise and fall of 1950s boxer Jack LaMotta (played by Robert De Niro) is…why? Following close behind is: Who is Martin Guigui?
Let’s start with the second question. Guigui is the Argentine auteur whose credits include My Ex-Girlfreind’s Wedding Reception and National Lampoon’s Cattle Call, which was most notable for starring onetime Baywatch babe Nicole Eggert and American Pie‘s Thomas Ian Nicholas. Which, of course, makes him the ideal guy to helm a sequel to one of the great films of the 20th century.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the why (cue chirping crickets). Let’s face it, this would be a bad idea if Scorsese were involved. But the fact that he’s not? And that someone with National Lampoon on his résumé is going for it? Colossally bad idea. What’s next, Uwe Boll’s Citizen Kane II: The Wrath of Rosebud?
The idea is so bizarre that even Scorsese is bemused. In an interview with GQ, Scorsese was asked how he felt about Raging Bull II. His response was diplomatic. “Oh, nothing I could say about it except I don’t think I could revisit the material, as they say. I think we said what we had to say at the time. All of us moved on.” Scorsese added, “I really don’t know what Raging Bull II would be.”
Neither do we. Except, probably not something we’d want to see.
What do you think? Should there be a sequel to Raging Bull?