Back in May, we reported that Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated mob epic The Irishman was ready to roll. Now, that’s about to literally happen, at least if we’re to believe production designer Dante Ferretti.
“Theoretically, we’ve talked about shooting this film next year in February or March,” Ferretti tells Variety in a new interview. Which means we could possibly see the film surface sometime around 2018’s Oscar season.
If you recall, Heat co-stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro will reunite and lead the production, although Joe Pesci, who was originally slated to appear, has reportedly declined a role. It should be noted that this marks the first time Pacino has worked with Scorsese, and the first time De Niro and the director have worked together since 1995’s Casino.
Screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) adapted Charles Brandt’s 2005 non-fiction novel, I Heard You Paint Houses…, which tells the life of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Considering he’s running off the heels of this past summer’s fantastic The Night Of mini-series, we’re expecting one hell of a compelling drama.
Having said all that, we’re still holding out hope that Scorsese pulls a quick one and gets Pesci to leave his chamber. We’re not going to tell the filmmaker how to do it, but we would recommend one person to get the star off his feet…