'I'd like to see where Travis is today?': Robert De Niro reveals he would be keen to make a sequel to Taxi Driver

By Caroline Prosser

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It’s been almost 40 years since Robert De Niro starred as an insomniac war veteran who turns vigilante while working as a night time taxi driver.

And now Robert De Niro, 70, could be set to make a sequel to the classic film after he admitted that he would like to see what Travis Bickle would be doing today.

The Hollywood star played loner Travis in the award winning 1976 film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Icon: Robert De Niro (speaking at duringTHiNK 2013 in Goa, India) has recently revealed that he would like to return to his famous role

Icon: Robert De Niro (speaking at duringTHiNK 2013 in Goa, India) has recently revealed that he would like to return to his famous role

It has been speculated for years that there will be a follow-up to the critically acclaimed drama film. 

Asked if Taxi Driver is the film he'd most like to revisit, De Niro told The Guardian: ‘Yeah, well, I had that idea. I said, why don't we write something? And I talked to Marty and Paul did take a shot at something, whether it was an outline or a script, I forget.

 

‘But somehow we didn't feel it was right and it didn't take off. But I'd like to see where Travis is today.

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Legendary: Robert De Niro starred in the cult 1976 film Taxi Driver

Legendary: Robert De Niro starred in the cult 1976 film Taxi Driver

There was something about the guy – all that rage and alienation, that's what the city can do to you. I mean Marty and I are from New York, and even we can feel alienated.’

De Niro was also asked about the theory that Travis dies at the end of the film, with the closing scenes being a fantasy.

He said: ‘You mean the end of the movie? Well, that's an interesting theory. I know that was not the intention, but it's as valid as anything.’

Memorable: Robert De Niro sported a Mohawk hairstyle in the Taxi Driver film

Memorable: Robert De Niro sported a Mohawk hairstyle in the Taxi Driver film

De Niro is set to star in The Family, with is due for release on 22 November, with Martin Scorsese as an executive producer and co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

The actor plays a mobster who joins the witness protection programme after his mafia family turns against him.

He is also believed to have signed up to star in comedy film The Intern, alongside Reese Witherspoon, which follows an online fashion business which hires senior citizens as interns. 

Meanwhile, Scorsese's new film 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is set to be released at Christmas.

 


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Oh Robert.since you made those awful comedies I have lost respect, were you short of cash?.

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I think Clint Eastwood played him in Gran Torino.

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You talkin' to me? SPEAK UP SONNY!

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would bring the original down to the level of a Rambo/Schwarzeneggar fiasco.

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he's be a Tea Party politician

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No sequel necessary, iconic film, but if it was made I would have to see it.

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I'm glad that he said "¿But somehow we didn't feel it was right and it didn't take off". Sequels and/or remakes of Taxi Driver, Bronx Tale, Casino & Goodfellas would be as horrible as 99.9% of movies that are victims of that.

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Excuse me ProudGrl but Goodfellas earned over 100 Million in sales ....even more and Taxi Driver and his other films did just fine. If Mr. DeNiro want's it, you can be sure director Martin Scoresese will say "My cameras are ready to roll when you're ready to rock Bob." Didn't take off you said? His films are not victims of anything

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Sorry ladies, he only likes bIack women. It's true!

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yes it is and you wonder why? I know but too much of a lady to say it. father of 5, married twice, and on "Guilty by Suspicion" 91 I found him quiet, a pro and it was an honor working with him.

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Once Upon a Time in America is my favourite film of all time. DeNIro at his best . I have watched over and over and each time saw something different. Every De Niro fan must see this film. Also have a look at The Midnight Run.

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yes...with it's heart wrenching music. Magnificent it was and will always be.

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This movie was iconic please dont do the hollywood stuff and sequel it. robert di niro is the best and does not need to revisit the character. please do not sacrifice this story as travis and his journey as ended as only it could!

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If someone he knows writes it well with a great plot, he will.

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