Posted on Monday, September 13th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
In smaller groups, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, and director Martin Scorsese have together made some of the best crime films of all time such as Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Heat, Raging Bull, Mean Streets and Casino. Well, if the rumors are true, these four Oscar winners might soon be teaming up for one giant mob movie.
Pacino and Pesci are reportedly “circling” a film that De Niro and Scorsese have been preparing for several years called The Irishman. Hit the jump for all the details.
The Irishman, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, is about mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran who claims to have killed Jimmy Hoffa and many others. Earlier this year, De Niro spoke at the Tribeca Film Festvial about an ambitious idea he and Scorsese had to make the film once they had the time.
We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two films…It’s an idea that came about from Eric Roth to combine these movies using the footage from ‘Paint Houses’ to do another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of ‘8 1/2,’ ‘La Dolce Vita,’ [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie — a director and the actor — based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them.
If that’s the case, Pesci and Pacino could presumable fit in a multitude of difference places with roles either big or small. Of course, it’s all speculation at this point. Plus, don’t forget, Scorsese is currently shooting his 3D family film Hugo Cabret with Chloe Moretz, Jude Law and others and would probably make Silence after that, a story of Jesuits who face danger and persecution as they try to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. Stars Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Day-Lewis and Gabriel Garcia Bernal are all attached to that project.
So don’t go buying your tickets to The Irishman just yet, it’s still a few years out at least. But just the thought of seeing those three actors together on screen, with Scorsese behind the camera, is enough to get any film fan excited.