Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese’s Gangster Film THE IRISHMAN May Be in Two Parts with a Federico Fellini Influence

     April 15, 2010

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In October 2008, we reported that Martin Scorsese may finally re-unite with Robert De Niro for a film based off the non-fiction novel I Heard You Paint Houses.  That film is now called The Irishman and De Niro tells MTV that it may be divided into two parts and may pay homage to Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ and La Dolce Vita. Says De Niro:

“We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two films.  It’s an idea that came about from [screenwriter] Eric Roth to combine these movies using the footage from ‘Paint Houses’ to do another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of ‘8 1/2,’ ‘La Dolce Vita,’ [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie – a director and the actor – based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them.”

It’s an interesting take on a book that’s about the assassin who supposedly killed Jimmy Hoffa.  Hit the jump for more details on the project.

MTV’s Adam Rosenberg speculates that this film could cross into De Niro and Scorsese’s previous collaborations on the gangster films Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and Casino, although De Niro has played mobsters in numerous non-Scorsese-directed movies.  The Irishman would be the first collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese since 1995 (not counting Shark Tale where they were both voice actors).

De Niro doesn’t say if The Irishman will be Scorsese’s next film after The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  Scorsese also has plans to direct an adaptation of the book Silence, which is about Jesuit priests in Japan.  He also has plans to make a Frank Sinatra biopic.  Meanwhile, De Niro is attached to a biopic about Vince Lombardi, a possible sequel to Midnight Run, and will co-star with Bradley Cooper and Anna Friel in Dark Fields.

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