Death warmed up

But Don­ald Clarke sees the an­nounce­ment of a se­quel to Scors­ese’s clas­sic as the start of a slip­pery slope . . . – if you must; – er, OK;

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

EV­ERY NOW AND then a pop­cul­tural snip­pet ar­rives that causes one to won­der whether we are ac­tu­ally liv­ing through a par­tic­u­larly ab­surd episode of The Simp­sons. Such in­ti­ma­tions have been stirred by the news that a gang of op­por­tunists is at­tempt­ing to make a se­quel to Martin Scors­ese’s Rag­ing Bull. The new film seeks to prod those cor­ners of boxer Jake LaMotta’s life not cov­ered by the 1980s clas­sic.

Well, that’s all right then. Isn’t it? It’s not re­ally a se­quel, as such; it’s just a fur­ther study of cer­tain his­tor­i­cal events. You fools! Lest the punter be in any doubt, the mak­ers of the project re­ally have de­cided to call it Rag­ing Bull 2. Not sur­pris­ingly, MGM (or what’s left of that with­ered stu­dio), cus­to­di­ans of the Scors­ese film, have kicked their lawyers into ac­tion.

Should we be sur­prised? Prob­a­bly not. The mod­ern world is aw­ful and the des­e­cra­tion of cul­tural trea­sures has be­come an in­ter­na­tional sport. But it did seem rea­son­able to as­sume that se­quel jock­eys would leave more es­o­teric films alone. Scors­ese’s grim monochrome study of ob­ses­sion never seemed likely to spawn a fran­chise. What­ever next?

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