Martin Scorsese may retire from directing after making The Irishman as he fears his films no longer have any place in cinemas.
The movie legend's latest effort, which stars longtime muse Robert De Niro as mob hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran, with Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in supporting roles, was made for Netflix and only had a short run in cinemas despite garnering an array of award nominations.
While promoting the film, Scorsese made headlines by criticising the dominance of the superhero genre, and has now claimed comic book movies' hold on cinemas may mean The Irishman is his final feature.
"Obviously, we have been discussing this a lot, that theatres have been commandeered by superhero films - you know, just people flying around and banging and crashing, which is fine if you want to see it," he told The Guardian. "It's just that there's no room for another kind of picture. I don't know how many more I can make - maybe this is it. The last one."
Reiterating his threat to retire, he added: "I'm not kidding."
The Goodfellas director also insisted that many of his most famous films would now struggle to make it into cinemas - as all the screens are showing the same franchise blockbusters.
"Now, you don't have to like the picture, but you couldn't get The Aviator made today," the 77-year-old explained. "You could not get Shutter Island made today, even with me and Leo (DiCaprio).
"The Departed got made despite itself - the star power helped. We realised when we were taking this project around that the doors are closing. So what's going on? I looked over at the theatres right down the block - 10 screens showing the same picture."
The Irishman is available on Netflix now.
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