Scorsese, my favorite filmmaker of all time, has been scooped up by Netflix to make his $100 million film that would put Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci on screen all together for the first time through the vision of Scorsese himself. Returning to his gangster movie routes, The Irishman has been in production hell for quite some time due to scheduling conflicts, financial troubles, and a lack of technology to age and de-age the actors.
With Paramount’s chairmen stepping down this week and the company originally supposed to producing the film, Scorsese did what all creative filmmakers seem to be doing to get their films made, go to Netflix. That’s right, the streaming service you steal from your friends and watch every evening will be getting a Martin Scorsese film put into their catalog of original filmography.
The film had jumped from studio to studio since 2008 and is supposed to tell about the man who supposedly killed Jimmy Hoffa, Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, whose life is described in the original book I Heard You Paint Houses.
The most intriguing part of this films eventual production goes beyond the fact that Scorsese using the technology used in Benjamin Button on his actors, but the fact that his film could possibly go as long as he wants it too without restrictions. Scorsese himself knows he loves epic films with acute detail spread throughout and most of the time, his films span past the two-and-a-half-hour mark with ease. Maybe he can finally just go all in with this gangster epic that he has been waiting to make for so long.