Rumours about Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman has been floating around for a while. The Irishman — also referred to as I Heard You Paint Houses (mob slang for contract killings – the ‘paint’ being blood) — is based on the book by Charles Brandt which follows the ‘biggest mob hit in history.’Now we have the news that the film is moving ahead without Joie Pesci, but the Goodfellas director has singed on stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro for the film. De Niro had worked with Scorsese on the 1990 film Goodfellas, which is an adaptation of the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, also about mob hits.
In this film, De Niro’s role will be that of notorious mobster Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. Robert Di Niro and Al Pacino have worked together in 1995 mob drama The Heat. There’s no conformation about what role Pacino will play at the moment.
Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker appeared to confirm the news in a brand new interview when mentioning the upcoming project during a discussion about his most recent film Silence.
Schoonmaker told Crave: «…he wants to make more films like [Silence], that are spiritual, basically, but not set in 17th century Japan [laugh]. In the modern time. So hopefully we’ll be able to make that. Not the next one, the next one is the next one is the next one is The Irishman, which is De Niro and Joe Pesci and elderly gangsters. So that’ll be very different from Silence. But maybe the one after that»
Martin Scorsese has spent several years looking to put together The Irishman and the shooting will begin now after he finally secured finances with Netflix impressively acquiring worldwide rights to the film.
Scorsese is also working on an adaptation of The Devil in the White City with Leonardo DiCaprio.