We love ya, Marty, but forgive us if we don’t hold on breath on this one, as potentially awesome as it could be. For years now, the director and his longtime friend and collaborator Robert De Niro have been talking up “The Irishman,” a project that would mark their first director/actor collaboration since 1995’s “Casino.” And while we’ve already sat through promises that it would shoot in 2011, it seems plans are taking a more definitive shape.
Scorsese is currently heading the jury at the Marrakech International Film Festival, and while chatting with Moviezine, he revealed that “The Irishman” is indeed coming… It’s just not next. “First, I’ll make ‘Silence.’ It’s a project I’ve wanted to do for many years, but it’s only now I’ve gotten together the budget. ‘The Irishman’ comes after ‘Silence,’ ” he said (apologies for rough Google Translate). And even more, that baller cast that was rumored to include Al Pacino and Joe Pesci? He still wants ’em.
“It is a perfect role for Bobby and hopefully we also get with Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. But that’s a minor film, almost a chamber play,” Scorsese also said, and we have to say that description makes even more curious about the material, that almost seems like it would be completely the opposite.
Penned by Steve Zaillian, and adapted from the book by Charles Brandt, the movie will tell the true story of Frank Sheeran, a WWII veteran who led a colorful life as a high ranking officer in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters while also dabbling in organized crime as a highly-sought-after hitman. He reportedly also had ties to the deaths of President Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Sounds like something a bit more explosive right? We suppose we’ll just have to see what Scorsese delivers.
Again, with so many projects on his plate at once, this could all change but folks can be heartened by remembering that earlier this year, a table read for “The Irishman” was held.