Scorsese And De Niro Are Taking THE IRISHMAN To Netflix

The fledgling studio continues to not fuck around.

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.