Last night Variety reported that Netflix has purchased worldwide rights to the upcoming Martin Scorsese/Robert De Niro project The Irishman. My colleague Jacob Knight immediately put that into blunt, sobering perspective: “Netflix scored what's almost definitely going to be the final Scorsese/De Niro collaboration.” (It’s their ninth, for the statisticians out there.)
The Irishman is the story of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who made a deathbed-ish confession in 2003 to author Charles Brandt that he was involved in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa. The film will be based on Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses (the title is a winking term among wiseguys for trigger men, a reference to splattering walls with blood). Scorsese and De Niro had this project set up at Paramount back in 2008, but Paramount just lost a whole bunch of money on Silence, and that might be a factor in Netflix swooping in. We’ve been admiring Netflix’s feature film production strategy for a while now; lining up a project from our greatest living filmmaker is a next-level win.
Production on The Irishman starts later this year. We're excited. Looks like Scorsese is too.
tfw a huge corporation gives you 100 million dollars to make the movie you want so you figure you should probably give them that gram follow pic.twitter.com/7wmiBfsCGW— Luke Wulfensmith (@lkwlfsmth) February 22, 2017