Following the semi-surprise announcement that Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited “Silence” will be released at the end of the year, there’s apparently more to report about the ever-busy director: “The Irishman” could go into production as early as the beginning of 2017.
The news comes from a Variety interview with production designer Dante Ferretti, whose collaborations with Scorsese include “The Aviator,” “Hugo” and “Silence.” “We’ve talked about it; but we still have to see when and how it will be shot,” he said of “The Irishman.” “I never say ‘I’m doing to do this or that’ until it’s signed. Theoretically we’ve talked about shooting this film next year in February or March.”
Steven Zaillian (“Gangs of New York”) wrote the film’s script based on Charles Brandt’s book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” an account of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran whose postwar activities included a stint as a hitman. Several Scorsese regulars have been mentioned in connection with the film — namely Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci, who’s said to have already turned the project down — but nothing has been confirmed. “Silence,” meanwhile, will open in limited release on December 23.