Martin Scorsese Confirms The Irishman with Robert DeNiro; Could It Become Two Movies?
12.17.10 by Ryan
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.
I'm still not sure what I mean yet, because it's an idea that came about from Eric Roth to combine these movies using footage from Paint Houses to do another kind of [movie that is] reminiscent of a kind of 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie — a director and the actor — based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them.
In a recent interview with MTV, De Niro was doubtful that Roth's second movie would also be made.
We have a very good script that Steven Zaillian wrote, and that we're definitely doing. The other idea is more ambitious, to do one with Eric doing a flashback/flashforward kind of thing and to do two movies in one and then separate them as movies. I don't know if that will happen. I would like it to happen if we can get it going, but we do have the one that we're definitely doing. Me, Joe Pesci, Pacino and Marty Scorsese directing.
Scorsese and De Niro first worked together on 1973's Mean Streets, but haven't worked together since 1995's Casino. The Irishman would serve as their ninth collaboration.