Q. I read that Netflix has the rights for the new movie that will have Martin Scorsese directing Robert DeNiro once again. Do you know anything about this film, such as when will it air? I am very excited to see these two together again! — Cindy, Fairfax, Virginia.
Cindy, I share your enthusiasm. Over the years, the team of Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro have brought us such classics as Mean Streets, Casino, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Good Fellas, New York, New York, Cape Fear and King of Comedy. However, for various reasons, they have not worked together on a picture since 1995’s Casino.
But that’s about to change.
Netflix has secured the rights to a new Scorsese-DeNiro collaboration called The Irishman. The film, which is in the final stages of production, is based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses by longtime Mafia hit man Charles Brandt. (‘Painting houses’ is mob parlance for contract murder.)
In the book, Brandt alleges he killed Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa in the 1970s. (The mystery of Hoffa’s disappearance has never been officially solved.)
DeNiro will play the Brandt character in the film, although under a different name (“Frank Sheeran”). And get this, Cindy. Not only will DeNiro and Scorsese team again in The Irishman, the film will feature a cast that also includes Al Pacino (playing Hoffa!), Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel,
For Pesci, this will be his first movie in nine years. (He last appeared in the 2010’s Love Ranch, which also starred Helen Mirren.)
Netflix has yet to commit to a launch date for The Irishman, but it’s expected to debut in 2019. And when it does, it will simulcast in the movie theaters and on Netflix’s streaming service on the same day.
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