Making CGI people clearly has a long way to go before it completely replaces actors themselves. Thankfully, there is hope with the advancements that were pioneered by David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button where Brad Pitt was aged up for many scenes which has carried on in Marvel films like Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War. It looks like we can add Scorsese to that list of directors who wants to harness the technologies powers for good.
Scorsese’s next gangster film will bring two of gangster film’s living legends in De Niro and Pacino back on screen together since the days of Heat and Righteous Kill.
The film is adapted from the Charles Brandt novel “I Heard You Paint Houses” and with Scorsese’s latest film Silence now complete, he can move forward with this long awaited project. It was when quotes to CinemaBlend came out that we got excited for what could be with this de-aging tech in the hands of Scorsese:
Well it’s an extraordinary technology that we’ve been looking at. You don’t use prosthetics, make-up, they have acting and the technology is able to have them go through different time ages without the prosthetics. So we’ve seen some tests and it looks extraordinary. We were able to film Bob and just do a scene, and we saw it come down to when he was like 20, 40, 60, so we’re looking forward to that, from that point of view, for The Irishman … Imagine seeing what De Niro looked like in The Godfather 2 days, that’s pretty much how you’re going to see him again.
The amount of films these two have been in have only helped the process with the animators able to take footage from their film stock to better perfect their de-aging scenes. The actors, both in their 70’s, are legends in their craft so worst case scenario is that they act like their younger selves and make everything all the more believable.
This news brings excitement simply because it’s in the hands of my favorite director, but also a director who won’t release something if he doesn’t think it’s at it’s best. I’m curious to see if this is going to be the large epic gangster film they spoke about years ago where, at one point in pre-production, was rumored to likely be two-parts. So long as the film is long and directed in the way I know Scorsese can, we should be anticipating a great film.