Scorsese Confirms Reunion with Robert De Niro in 'The Irishman'
by Ethan Anderton
December 13, 2010
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?