What do you get when you put together Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino? An awesome movie. That’s what. On top of all these incredible icons, you also have an Oscar-winning director: Martin Scorsese. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s happening!
According to reports, Netflix has successfully secured its rights to what is shaping up to be the most anticipated films of the decade. They shelled out $105 million in order to have the right to ‘The Irishman’ and let’s be real here, people can’t wait to see this.
It has been reported that the deal will allow Netflix to share the film with not only their 93 million subscribers but will also boost their subscriptions. Apparently, Netflix started the negotiations with Scorsese shortly after Paramount Pictures dropped out of the project.
According to Daily Mail, a spokesperson noted that Scorsese’s films are known to be risky deals and Paramount does not typically take risks. By joining Netflix, he is able to do the film that he wants.
So what’s this film even about? Well, it’s based on the life of mob hitman Frank Sheeran who allegedly confessed on his deathbed to murdering his good friend Jimmy Hoffa.
Jimmy Hoffa is the union leader whose disappearance remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in American history. The story itself sounds incredible and the list of actors just adds to it.
Daily Mail writes that De Niro will be playing Sheeran and it’ll be his ninth film with Scorsese. The director helped launch the actor’s career back in 1972 with Mean Streets.
And as for the role of Hoffa? That’ll be played by none other than Al Pacino, who’s another Oscar winner and happens to be a good friend of Robert De Niro’s. But this will be Pacino’s first Scorsese film!
All the actors in the film are pretty familiar with one another and most have starred in past films together. But this will be the first time the group will all be involved in working on a film together…simultaneously.
IndieWire was the first to report details of the deal between Netflix and Scorsese. Netflix has become known for the autonomy that it has given its talent.
This is something that ‘Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and Brit Marling of ‘The OA’ have raved about in interviews. We honestly can’t wait for this film to be released.