Scorsese and De Niro To Sign For ‘The Irishman’?
Depp and Burton, Hugh Grant and Richard Curtis, James Cameron and patronising sentimentality.. there have been some brilliant film-making partnerships over the years, but none as bloody awesome as that between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
The director and actor have worked together on eight films previously, and that list of movies contains some absolute classics: Mean Streets , Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, Goodfellas and Casino. So we were delighted to hear that they seem set to collaborate on a new project together next year in crime drama (what else?) The Irishman.
Speaking at BAFTA’s A Life In Pictures Q&A, the Oscar-winning director revealed that the project is currently going through financing, and shooting could begin as early as next year.
The film is based on Charles Brandt’s novel ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’, which charts the life of union official-turned-mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and Scorsese also noted that his Gangs Of New York and Cape Fear screenwriter Steve Zallian is working on the script.
Rumours surrounding the reunion began to circulate this autumn, along with reports that Joe Pesci may also be joining the cast.