Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating film “The Irishman” is said to be coming together quickly in order to shop it to international buyers at Cannes, according to Deadline. The much-anticipated feature would reunite the director with his “Goodfellas” stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci and mark the first time he works with Al Pacino.
Deadline reports that it depends on if Paramount, which controls the project, signs off a deal to sell international rights off to Fabrica de Cine, the production banner which also financed Scorsese’s “Silence.”
“The Irishman” is based on the Charles Brandt’s true-crime book “I Heard You Paint Houses” that tells the deathbed story of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who had insider knowledge about the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. The book was adapted for the screen by Steve Zailian.
If all goes as planned, it is reported that Fabrica will most likely offer those rights to either a sales agent or direct to international distributors. But the cost will be a hefty one as the sum of the production is said to be in the $100 million range.