For a few years now, there have been rumours going around (mainly thanks to Wikipedia) of a new Martin Scorsese/Robert De Niro collaboration. A film titled The Irishman, based on Charles Brandts’ I Heard You Paint Houses (a book which, I must confess, has thus far escaped my radar), which tells the tale of a man’s disappearance from the eyes of a dying mob boss, it is set to reunite Scorsese and De Niro, whilst also bringing in crime film stalwarts Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
(Image courtesy of http://www.movpins.com)
Details are vague at this time (some more detailed articles can be found here and here), but if it comes to pass (and I hope to heavens it will), it will be the first De Niro/Scorsese collaboration since 1995’s masterful Casino. It will also mark the first time Scorsese directs Pacino, and it will (hopefully) make for a true Pacino/De Niro pairing which we’ve longed for since 1995’s Heat. Bringing Joe Pesci back out of retirement (where he’s been pretty much hidden for the better part of 20 years) is just the icing on the cake.
It sounds like production is still in the early stages, but by all accounts it is now actively moving forward. For the sake of all Godfather and Goodfellas fans who’ve been starved of a true operatic crime film for too long, we hope it is sooner rather than later.
More updates to follow as they are announced.
In the meantime, here are a few reminders of past glories: