Scorsese and De Niro Plan To Shoot ‘The Irishman’ Next Year

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It has been 15 years since Robert De Niro last starred in a Martin Scorsese film. If all goes according to plan, that streak will end next year. The two hope to begin filming The Irishman in 2011.

Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were rumored to be involved, but beggars can’t be choosers and this quasi-confirmation from the director is enough to hold us down for a while. According to Collider, the announcement came at BAFTA’s Life in Pictures event. The film will bring back the De Niro of old as he portrays mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who allegedly murdered Jimmy Hoffa.

De Niro is an icon. He falls under the same category as Jon Favreau’s comparison of Harrison Ford (Cowboys and Aliens) to John Wayne. Like Wayne, each actor brings their entire body of work with them. For all the gangsters De Niro has portrayed over the years, it will be nice to see him as a hitman for once, instead of ordering the hits. But with that “body of work” come the pitfalls as well.

Right now, audiences are not sure what to think of De Niro. He remains unpredictable by performing in films like the upcoming Little Fockers, which releases December 22nd. The question is whether or not roles like these, which clearly play off the humor of his past onscreen characters, are damaging to his reputation. I can tell you he could care less.

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Producer and longtime friend, Jane Rosenthal, has frequently explained that De Niro is simply in touch with his comedic side. He loves to laugh and joke around, so comedic films are a natural avenue for him to experience that kind of entertainment. It’s not like he hasn’t taken more serious roles of late. De Niro recently starred opposite Edward Norton in Stone and finished shooting an Italian film Manuale d’amore 3 with Monica Bellucci.

Yet, The Irishman is a welcome return to his “mob roots.” Once Scorsese inevitably completes the financing phase of pre-production, the ball can truly begin rolling on the film. Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York) is already writing the script based on the Charles Brandt novel I Heard You Paint Houses.

While Scorsese wants to begin production next year, the projects are piling up. He is currently filming the 3D family mystery Hugo Cabret, developing his Sinatra biopic and potentially producing a Theodore Roosevelt biopic. But the entertainment industry is a better place when Martin Scorsese is busy and the addition of Robert De Niro in one of those projects is like a warm sunrise on a cold, winter morning.

Can Scorsese and De Niro get back to their gangster ways or has De Niro gone soft? Shoot away in the comments section below.

Source: Collider

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  1. This is fantastic news!! These two belong together

  2. Not a big fan of either, but you put Irish in the title and i’ll watch it lol

    • LOL. You are funny Daniel. :)

    • lol

  3. I cant wait, this will be good.

  4. Who is this “Irishman” and why do Scorsese and Di Niro plan to shoot him?

  5. This will be good, can’t wait. Scorsese’s crime drama’s are some of my favorites. And leave DeNiro alone, by showcasing his ability to portray a variety of characters he makes himself a better actor unlike a lot of people who keep playing the same roles over and over again.

    • “unlike a lot of people who keep playing the same roles over and over again….”

      Ahem, that describes DeNiro perfectly.

      The Mr Tough Guy thing got old a long time ago.

  6. glad you caught that one ;)

  7. YES! This is the best film-related news that I’ve heard in a long time.

  8. Big smile just hit my face. Marty is far and away my favorite director, and every single time he puts one of these crime dramas out, I get giddy. I hope Al is involved too, since when has he ever been in ANY Marty film? LONG overdue.

    Anybody who says Deniro only plays one type of role, watch the King of Comedy. Do it now!!! SERIOUSLY underrated Scorsese film. :) Marty rules!


    • He’s done a handful of roles against type-cast, but seriously, look at the sheer amount of movies he’s done and try to say it straight faced that he doesnt do one type of character too much.

  9. “Scorsese and De Niro Plan To Shoot ‘The Irishman’ Next Year”

    Why? What has the Irishman done?

    Seriously though, it will be good to see these two working together again. Enough of DiCaprio already!

  10. Im already excited about this movie but would really be a lot more interested if pesci and pacino joinee too i would absolutly love seeing those three in a movie together and i believe they could still pull off some bad a$$ performances even in their older age…so in that regard im a little confused i guess there is just no word yet if they will join? or has that rumor been shot down?

  11. Meh, De Niro has been nothing but a buch of stinkers lately. Hopefully, re-teaming with Scorsese will end that streak.

  12. “The question is whether or not roles like these, which clearly play off the humor of his past onscreen characters, are damaging to his reputation. I can tell you he could care less.”

    Mike – allthough I’m not the world’s greatest fan of de Niro, I’m pretty sure he _couldn’t_ care less.

  13. Scorsese plus De Niro plus gangster drama equals potential best film of the year

  14. DeNiro is just not as good an actor as he was in his youth. His talent has waned with age. Now he looks and sounds the same in every movie. There was a time he was so different in every movie (The ‘Cape Fear’/’Untouchables’ era) that I literally had no clue what he really looked like or what his natural accent was.

    He was the male Meryl Streep. Now he’s like Tyson at the end of his career- clearly washed up, relying on past glory, and probably just doing it for the money.

  15. History doesn’t betray. Deniro will be as awesome as ever. He will bring humanity to a hitman. I can’t wait. Keep us weel posted ScreenRant.