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Martin Scorsese Still Wants Al Pacino & Joe Pesci For 'The Irishman,' Says It Will Come After 'Silence'

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 2, 2013 1:26 PM
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Martin Scorsese

We love ya, Marty, but forgive us if we don't hold on breath on this one, as potentially awesome as it could be. For years now, the director and his longtime friend and collaborator Robert De Niro have been talking up "The Irishman," a project that would mark their first director/actor collaboration since 1995's "Casino." And while we've already sat through promises that it would shoot in 2011, it seems plans are taking a more definitive shape.

Scorsese is currently heading the jury at the Marrakech International Film Festival, and while chatting with Moviezine, he revealed that "The Irishman" is indeed coming... It's just not next. "First, I'll make 'Silence.' It's a project I've wanted to do for many years, but it's only now I've gotten together the budget. 'The Irishman' comes after 'Silence,' " he said (apologies for rough Google Translate). And even more, that baller cast that was rumored to include Al Pacino and Joe Pesci? He still wants 'em.

"It is a perfect role for Bobby and hopefully we also get with Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. But that's a minor film, almost a chamber play," Scorsese also said, and we have to say that description makes even more curious about the material, that almost seems like it would be completely the opposite.

Penned by Steve Zaillian, and adapted from the book by Charles Brandt, the movie will tell the true story of Frank Sheeran, a WWII veteran who led a colorful life as a high ranking officer in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters while also dabbling in organized crime as a highly-sought-after hitman. He reportedly also had ties to the deaths of President Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Sounds like something a bit more explosive right? We suppose we'll just have to see what Scorsese delivers.

Again, with so many projects on his plate at once, this could all change but folks can be heartened by remembering that earlier this year, a table read for "The Irishman" was held.

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  • Ian | December 2, 2013 11:36 PMReply

    Obligatory Shinoda mention.

  • Stranger | December 2, 2013 7:25 PMReply

    But what half baked DiCaprio vehicle will next get put ahead of Silence?

  • That Kid | December 2, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    At this point I'll be happy if Silence gets made.

  • mrgordo | December 2, 2013 4:25 PMReply

    Wasn't he going to make "The Snowman?" What the hell happened to that?

  • liebestoded | December 2, 2013 4:12 PMReply

    Anybody know the status of the Scorsese-von Trier "Five Obstructions" collaboration that was being tossed around back in 2011? I assume it's more or less dead by now, but one can always dream.

  • E.D. | December 2, 2013 4:46 PM

    It's probably not going to happen.

  • hank | December 2, 2013 3:14 PMReply

    Just going to take another moment to copy and past the last few sentences of this article:

    "We suppose we'll just have to see what Scorsese.

    Again, with so many projects on his plate at once, this could all change but folks can be heartened by remembering that earlier this year, a table read for "The Irishman" held at the beginning of the year.

  • hank | December 2, 2013 3:13 PMReply

    I don't think they ever PROMISED a 2011 release. In fact, your article stated that they were "putting together financing and should it all fall into place, the film COULD go in front of cameras.."

  • CB | December 2, 2013 3:04 PMReply

    God, yes please.

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