This is a story that has been lingering around for quite a while now, but recently Robert De Niro broke additional news to MTV about the project. One of the many films that are in Martin Scorcese’s pipeline is the adaptation of the mob book I Heard You Paint Houses, which is to be called The Irishman. The film will re-unite Scorcese with his former muse Robert De Niro making it the first time the duo has worked together since Casino in 1995.
The story follows Frank Sheeran, the mobster who allegedly killed Jimmy Hoffa and Joe Gallo. Recently in an interview with MTV, De Niro spoke about Scorsese’s plan to possibly split the movie into two films:
“We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two filmsâ€¦ It’s an idea that came about from Eric Roth to combine these movies using the footage from ‘Paint Houses’ to do another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie â€” a director and the actor â€” based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them.”
Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is signed on to do the re-write of the script and Steve Zaillian (Shindler’s List, Gangs of New York) wrote the first draft. It sounds like the project won’t exactly be two films with the same continuous plot (a la Che), but instead one film with a complete narrative and a second that examines the creation of the first film. Does this mean that De Niro will be playing Scorcese like Marcello Mastroianni portrayed Fellini in 8 1/2? That is definitely unclear, but it is a prospect that I can’t help but get giddy about.
Word will be out on this project for quite a while, however, because it is item number 3 on Scorcese’s To Do list. His next project is The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a fantasy film set in 1930s Paris based on the book by Brian Selznick. Following that will be the 17th century Jesuit priest drama The Silence. When those two wrap up he can start thinking about The Irishman. At 68 years old, Scorcese is showing no signs of slowing down with 6 other films besides those mentioned in his pipeline including the Frank Sinatra biopic, the American remake of Cache, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be released in 2011, The Silence is set to begin production in 2011, and The Irishman is expected to get started around 2013.
[Source: First Showing]