Martin Scorsese’s next project has landed a massive deal at Cannes.
STX Entertainment has acquired the international rights for The Irishman, a Martin Scorsese picture that is set to reunite the master director with Goodfellas stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Not only that, it will also star Harvey Keitel and feature the first ever Al Pacino performance in a Scorsese picture. Yep, this is going to be big.
The film is to be an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s true-crime book I Heard You Paint Houses, which tells the story of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. The hitman executed many hits for the mob, confessed to killing Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, and has even been connected to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
And to just add one more big name to the project, attached to pen the film is Steve Zaillian, the Oscar-winning screenwriter whose credits include Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York and Moneyball.
Deadline reports that the STX deal could be worth around $US50 million dollars, which would make it the biggest deal at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Studios Fabrica de Cina and Paramount Pictures closed a deal few days ago to team up and finance the picture, a project that will reportedly be costing around $US100 million to bring to life. Paramount will be distributing in the US.
“We could not be more excited or privileged to have secured the international rights to this incredible motion picture,” STX international president David Kosse said in a statement.
“Fabrica de Cine’s vision and support in putting together this film is incredible. Martin Scorsese is one of the world’s most accomplished filmmakers and The Irishman is precisely the kind of premiere tentpole programming that will help distinguish STX as we continue to build our studio and especially our infrastructure overseas.”
Suffice it to say, this is shaping up to be one hell of a movie, with some of cinema’s biggest names teaming up in front and behind the camera. We’ll keep you informed on how this develops.
Next up for Scorsese is Silence, the seventeenth century-set drama about two Jesuit priests travelling to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity. The film, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver, is expected to hit US cinemas this November for Oscar season.