The last update for Martin Scorsese‘s highly anticipated film, The Irishman, based on an acclaimed novel ‘I Heard You Paint Houses,’ was that it had run into legal issues surrounding the distribution rights. Well, apparently those issues have been resolved, because we have an official production timeline and release date. The film will get a day and date release on the streaming service, Netflix, in 2019, followed by an awards qualifying run, which means limited theatrical release in, at minimum, NY and LA. The film is about the life of Eddie “The Irishman” Sheeran played by Robert De Niro, who was reportedly involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa.
So why the wait until 2019? Well the reason there is so much buzz around this film is that Scorsese plans to shoot the whole thing, then utilize new technology to “de-age” De Niro so he can play the 30 year old hitman. We’ve seen an influx of this technology in recent Marvel films like Ant-Man and Captain America Civil War, but we haven’t seen anything to this degree, where it will span the entire film. It will be interesting to see what the final product looks like, given that there are still some kinks in that technology where we get some uncanny valley type visuals.
The film has a major cast, including Al Pacino as Hoffa, Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino, Harvey Keitel as Angelo Bruno and Bobby Cannavale as Joe Gallo. The Irishman begins shooting this August, with a lengthy post production schedule to get the tech just right. It will be very interesting to see all these heavy hitters in the same film, but there is no denying that all of them have seen better days. Hopefully Scorsese and some meaty material can get them on their A game.
Here is the official synopsis for the book the film is based on via Amazon:
The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran were, “I heard you paint houses.” To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran’s important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders including those of Joey Gallo and JFK, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that has become a true crime classic.