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Al Pacino Confirms Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Still in the Works

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September 9, 2014
Source: The Daily Beast

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It's been nearly four years since we've heard anything about Martin Scorsese's mobster drama The Irishman. In that time, the director has delivered Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street and a forthcoming HBO documentary called The 50-Year Argument. Soon he'll be busy with his drama Silence starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, and some have wondered if Scorsese would ever get around to the film about Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal responsible for more than 25 mob murders and potentially being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Thankfully, it's still coming.

Speaking with The Daily Beast (via The Film Stage), Al Pacino confirmed the film is still happening, but didn't offer any timetable of when production might begin. In addition, he revealed that "Boardwalk Empire" and Win Win star Bobby Cannavale (who will be seen in the remake of Annie this year) will have a role in the film after partaking in a table read of the script, written by Steve Zaillian, sometime last year. However, there's no word on whether the rumored involvement of Harvey Keitel will come to fruition. In which case this would be one hell of a reunion.

After all, this is already quite an enticing project as Robert De Niro and the mostly retired Joe Pesci are reteaming with Scorsese, and if all goes well, it will come together after Silence is in the can. Since that film is slated to hit theaters in November of 2015, production on The Irishman could start late next year or early in 2016. Pacino says, "“I don’t think I’ve gotten close to doing something with Marty. I know him. He’s such a great director. But I can’t think of a Scorsese movie that I would have been right for." We're glad he's found one. Stay tuned to see how long it takes for this project to get off the ground. Sound good?

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  • DAVIDPD
    Sweet. It's been a long time coming.
    • John Khan Harrison
      wanna read the script ?
      • MR…BowDownWhenUComeToOurTown
        Absolutely not. I refuse to even read the book it's based on until either I see the movie, or it's confirmed that it will never be made (bite my tongue)
        • John Khan Harrison
          when asked if he'd work with Scorsese again Jonah Hill said "he'd do anything for him.. he'd paint his house"
  • jasperconn
    i think that they should never make it - just keep talking - the expectation will be better than any movie made
  • TRCⓋEastNYtheory™
    De Niro being my favorite actor & Scorsese being my favorite director, I'm excited for this.
  • jimini9
    I grew up in Pittston, Pa. where some of the characters and events took place. The book, "I Heard You Paint Houses" is the "Irishman"s" story. The identified actors and director are perfect for this film.
  • Dawn
    Wow...im so shocked that I hadn't heard of this project before last night. Watched Bob on Fallon...When he mentioned this film I lost my mind!! I seriously cannot wait for it to get started. And, I so hope that they can get Harvey Keitel on board too...Perfection!

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