De Niro Confirms I Heard You Paint Houses With Scorsese, Pacino And Pesci

By Perri Nemiroff 2011-03-06 12:30:19discussion comments
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For anyone that keeps an eye on movie development news, you know that sometimes stars say things that arenít exactly true or talk about potential projects that arenít guarantees in the least. Well, thatís kind of what we have here, but the fact that the news comes from Robert De Niro certainly gives the information a great deal of authenticity. When the guy talks, you just believe him.

We heard a little about Martin Scorseseís plan to direct a film version of Charles Brandtís book I Heard You Paint Houses with De Niro starring, way back in October 2008. Since then, itís merely been rumblings of Joe Pesci and Al Pacinoís potential involvement. Well, now the foursome seems like a sure thing because while promoting his upcoming film Limitless, De Niro flat out said:
Itís a movie based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses. Itís about a guy who is - and I believe the book Ė says heís now passed away, but he confessed that he killed Hoffa and also Joe Gallo over here on Hester Street. And so Iím going to play that character, Joe Pesciís gonna be in it and Al Pacino is going to be in it and Martyís going to direct it.
Still not quite convinced? De Niro had a feeling. The actor also added, ďIíd never say it if I didnít really fully have us all, you know, committed.Ē

De Niro didnít mention when the camera might start rolling, but when it does, heíll be playing Frank ďthe IrishmanĒ Sheeran, a man who put his violent side to use during World War II only to return to the states to become a hit man working closely with notorious mob boss Russell Bufalino. Itís Bufalino that put Sheeran in touch with Jimmy Hoffa, kicking off their friendship. When Hoffa disappeared, Sheeran was a top suspect.

The materials are there, the filmís got a fantastic director and cast, now weíve just got to wait for that green light. While Iím always hesitant of being prematurely optimistic, who argues with De Niro? My money is on this film happening sooner rather than later.
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