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Scorsese Confirms Reunion with Robert De Niro in 'The Irishman'

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December 13, 2010

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We've been hearing about the project for over two years now, but it sounds like director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are finally going to make this reunion actually happen sometime soon. Digital Spy (via The Playlist) reports straight from the filmmaker himself during a Q&A for BAFTA's A Life in Pictures where Scorsese said that they're currently figuring out financing for The Irishman (their adaptation of Charles Brandt's book I Heard You Paint Houses) and might end up shooting next year. The book chronicles the life of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal responsible for more than 25 mob murders.

Though De Niro has previously commented in the project and the potential for a two film approach to the source material, this is the first time Scorsese has spoken publicly about it. Though he mentions Gangs of New York writer Steve Zallian (who was said to be writing the first of the two possible films) working on the script, there's no word on writer Tim Roth's (Forrest Gump) involvement for a second film. The filmmaker also did not confirm or deny the recent rumors of Al Pacino and Joe Pesci also coming aboard, so that's still up in the air. But just the prospect of De Niro and Scorsese working together for the first time since 1995's Casino is very enticing. Agreed?

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments

1

Grumpy Old Gangsters. Wary on this, intrigued, but wary. DeNiro's pretty much lost his flare so much that if trying to be serious, I might just laugh at him. Regardless, the story is a good one, a good book at that.

Voice of Reason on Dec 13, 2010

2

I feel the same way...all of these actors(Deniro,Pacino, Pesci) have all had their day as portraying gansters, I'd like to see some younger actors in these movies.

jah p on Dec 13, 2010

3

Yikes! I love those guys; but I have to say that the years are obviously catching up to them. That aside, I'll definitely be following the development of this project.

Dave Lister J.M.C. on Dec 13, 2010

4

I don't think any of them are doing this for a paycheck - but I do think they want to add a little polish to their shinning stars.

LMA on Dec 13, 2010

5

Enough, De Niro. ENOUGH.

Piper on Dec 13, 2010

6

There is no duo in history better then these 2. And if pesci and pacino came aboard it would be the best gangster since The Departed, and before that, Casino. I don't know what you are all talking about. Younger actors can keep doing the Justice League and Hannah Montana movies. These movies are saved for the big guns. Go De Niro. Go Scorsese. Make Magic.

Alex on Dec 13, 2010

7

It's actually Eric Roth, not Tim Roth, potentially writing the second film.

samir on Dec 13, 2010

8

Tim Roth never wrote Forrest Gump, lmao

freudian slip on Dec 13, 2010

9

Wonderful news!

Kinks! on Dec 14, 2010

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