Ever since Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and, maybe, Joe Pesci became attached to ‘The Irishman’ gangster film fans have been waiting for an update.
Well, they’ve now been provided with a very, very exciting one, because it’s just been revealed that ‘The Irishman’ was bought by STX Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival for a deal worth $50 million.
‘The Irishman’ is based on Charles Brandt book, ‘I Heard You Paint Houses – Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran And Closing The Case On Jimmy Hoffa’. It revolves around the leading Teamster Frank Sheeran, who had ties to the Buffalo crime family and insisted just before his 2003 death that he’d killed Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa. He also claimed to have played a part in the assassination of JFK, too.
The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that STX Entertainment beat the likes of 20th Century Fox and Universal to claim ‘The Irishman’, with the deal being negotiated poolside while at Vanity Fair’s festival soiree.
What makes ‘The Irishman’ so desirable is not just that it’s Martin Scorsese’s first gangster film since 2006’s ‘The Departed’, but that it will once again see him team up with Robert De Niro, who will play Frank Sheeran.
De Niro and Scorsese haven’t made a film together since 1995’s ‘Casino’, but before then they’d worked in tandem on ‘Mean Streets’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘Raging Bull’, ‘The King Of Comedy’, ‘Goodfellas’, and ‘Cape Fear’.
But that’s not all, because ‘The Irishman’ will also mark the first time that Martin Scorsese has directed Al Pacino, who shot to prominence in 1972’s ‘The Godfather’ thanks to his role of Michael Corleone, while he almost made an indelible mark on the gangster genre with 1983′s ‘Scarface’, too.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese is also reportedly confident that he can get Joe Pesci to come out of acting retirement for ‘The Irishman’, even though the ‘Goodfellas’ Oscar-winner keeps telling his old friend, ‘No!’
The cinematic concoction of this talent immediately makes ‘The Irishman’ one of the most anticipated films currently in development.
So it’s understandable that STX Entertainment have now made ‘The Irishman’ their number one priority, and it’s thought that production on the film will begin at some point in 2017.
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