In September, reports claimed that progress on Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese's mob drama The Irishman was moving forward and that Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci were looking to join the movie. Based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, which chronicles the life of mafia hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, Scorsese confirmed to Digital Spy earlier this week that the project is "going through financing" and could begin production as early as next year.
With The Irishman confirmed, the question remained whether the movie would be split into two. De Niro mentioned the possibility of shooting two movies simultaneously to MTV in August, as word on the project was beginning to spread. De Niro revealed that screenwriter Steven Zaillian had written the Irishman script (then still titled I Heard You Paint Houses), but that the idea of making a "two-part type of film" was made by screenwriter Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). De Niro's explanation at the time was anything but understandable. DeNiro (sort of) explains >> Posted 12.17.10 by Ryan