Martin Scorsese to direct SCTV reunion doc


Martin Scorsese is set to direct a documentary of an SCTV reunion special for Netflix.

Scorsese — who is also directing a high budget, all-star gangster movie for Netflix called The Irishman — will be directing the SCTV documentary that will feature a live reunion hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

SCTV is a Canadian sketch comedy show about the various strange programs aired on a fictional television station in a place called Melonville.

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The show featured many Second City performers that were mostly unknown at the time, but who went on to become icons of comedy. Rick Moranis, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Eugene Levy all got their start on SCTV.

The most recognized segment from SCTV is probably Rick Moranis and  Dave Thomas as the stereotypical Canadian brothers and co-hosts of The Great White North.

To say that Scorsese is prolific is somewhat of an understatement. Among his extensive filmography, he is best known for films like Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, and Wolf of Wall Street. In the margins, there are more diverse and interesting movies like The King of Comedy and The Last Temptation of Christ.

Over the last few years, Scorsese has been turning his talents to documentaries like Shine a Light, Letter to Elia, and George Harrison: Living in the Material World. So while Scorsese’s interest in SCTV might come as a surprise, his interest in documentary filmmaking — and particularly a documentary revolving around a performance group or famous individual – is perfectly in character.

Screenrant reports that SCTV series regulars Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dave Thomas, and Martin Short will all appear in the live special titled An Afternoon with SCTV.

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Rick Moranis is conspicuously absent from the list of those appearing in the special, but not an unexpected absence. Moranis has been mostly retired for years, choosing instead to focus on raising his children after the death of his wife from breast cancer in 1991.