Whoa, that was fast: Martin Scorsese’s mob epic The Irishman is ready to roll.
A week ago, we reported that the highly anticipated, long in the running adaptation of Charles Brandt’s 2005 non-fiction novel, I Heard You Paint Houses…, was heading to Cannes Film Festival in search of an international distributor. The film captures the life of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who was rumored to be involved in the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa.
Just in the nick of time, Paramount closed a deal with Fabrica de Cine, who secured a major, major deal through STX Entertainment for the film’s international rights. Reportedly, the whole sale could be in the ballpark of $50 million.
“This is a cinematic event that is likely never going to be repeated,” a Fabrica exec told Deadline. “It’s Scorsese back with [Robert] De Niro. It’s Scorsese with [Al] Pacino for the first time. We strongly believe in the filmmakers’ ability. The decision about who to go with really has come down to who shared our vision for the film and really believed in it.”