Scorsese And De Niro Still Planning A Return To Organized Crime

By Josh Tyler 2010-02-14 17:11:15discussion comments
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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about it, but it looks like Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro haven’t abandoned their plans to reunite for The Irishman. Back in 2008 Paramount announced here that they’d hired Steve Zaillian from the same-named novel with the intention of having Scorsese direct and De Niro star. Then Scorsese got caught up in Shutter Island and nothing more was heard about the project.

Until now that is. Scorsese talked with Reuters this weekend and hinted around about a project he and De Niro are putting together. He says, “Bob De Niro (and I) are talking about something that has to do with that world.” By “that world” he means the world of mobsters. Except he says, “it's from the vantage point of older men looking back, none of this running around stuff.”

Though he doesn’t mention it by name, that description definitely fits The Irishman. It’s based on the real life story of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman responsible for more than 25 murders. The book takes place with an older Sheeran looking back and confessing his crimes. Among them he claimed to have murdered and dismembered Jimmy Hoffa.
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