Based on the 1990 memoir by Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street follows Leonardo DiCaprio through adventures as a self-styled Master of the Universe at a Manhattan brokerage firm during the go-go Eighties. Belfort, who would eventually serve twenty-two months in federal prison on charges of securities fraud and money-laundering, enjoyed these days of immoral excesses to the hilt, jumping into yacht parties, mountains of cocaine, and many a sexual misdeed before inevitably crashing and burning.
Produced independently, the film is being distributed by Paramount, which long ago chose November 15, 2013 as the release date. But here we are, just weeks out from that date, and word for the last several weeks has been that The Wolf of Wall Street is not, in fact, finished.
So while the legendary director and the also-legendary editor Thelma Schoonmaker have been getting the film into fighting shape, word emerged that Paramount might delay The Wolf of Wall Street to a Christmas release, qualifying it for the all-important awards season by shifting Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit away from the holiday. That plan was all but confirmed last week when Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit moved from December 25, 2013 to January 17, 2014.
Now it's really, really confirmed: The Wolf of Wall Street is arriving on December 25th, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Scorsese's initial cut apparently topped more than 180 minutes, but the theatrical cut clocks in at closer to a less-bladder-busting 165 minutes.
"Marty's work is fantastic. He's continued to work on it but now it's officially going to be ready for Christmas Day and I'm delighted," says Paramount chairman Brad Grey.
With Scorsese's frequent leading man DiCaprio playing Belfort, the film also boasts an ensemble that includes Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughy, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Margot Robbie, Jean Dujardin, Spike Jonze, Rob Reiner, Ethan Suplee, and P.J. Byrne.
That formidable cast will now be facing off against the likes of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Grudge Match, 47 Ronin, and the Justin Bieber movie Believe on Christmas Day.