Robert De Niro has said he would like to see where his Taxi Driver character Travis Bickle would be today.

The 1976 film was directed by Martin Scorsese and while there have been rumours about a sequel for years, De Niro has revealed to The Guardian that Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader played around with a script but it never came to fruition.

"Yeah, well, I had that idea [that they would revisit the film]. 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."

The actor added that he would love to know what became of his legendary character.

"I'd like to see where Travis is today. 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 can next be seen starring opposite Michelle Pfieffer in The Family where he plays a mobster in the witness protection programme.

The Family is set for a November 22 release.