Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro Working Together Again!
by Alex Billington
October 2, 2008
Paramount Pictures has hired veteran screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List, Hannibal, Gangs of New York, American Gangster) to adapt Charles Brandt's book "I Heard You Paint Houses" for none other than Martin Scorsese to direct. On top of that good news, Robert De Niro has already signed on to play Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal who has carried out more than 25 mob murders. The story follows the mob assassin who many believe was involved in the death of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa. Confused about the title? I Heard You Paint Houses refers to the mob slang for contract killings, and the resulting blood splatter on walls and floors. Sounds like a delicious mob thriller to me!
We've written about Scorsese's immensely busy future before, but this sounds like one of the better choices. The last time Scorsese and De Niro worked together was on Casino in 1995 and Goodfellas before that. If this project is even remotely as good as either of those, then this definitely needs to be one of Scorsese's next projects. Author Charles Brandt actually befriended the real life Frank Sheeran before his death in 2003. And if that kind of real life crime drama doesn't make you interested, then I don't know what else would? As for the book, its received plenty of praise. "Unlike similar claims by other self-confessed executioners, law enforcement authorities say Sheeran may well be telling the truth."
We actually wrote about Scorsese and De Niro teaming up on a different project back in June of last year, titled The Winter of Frankie Machine, but it seems that project has switched directors recently. It looks like Michael Mann might be directing Frankie Machine with De Niro still attached as Frankie.
Which of these two upcoming De Niro projects do you prefer more?