by Adam Chitwood Posted: December 13th, 2010
It’s been 15 years since director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro made a film together (1995’s Casino), but it looks like the famous duo will soon be reunited. Speaking at the BAFTA’s Life in Pictures Q&A, the director said that he and De Niro hope to shoot the long-in gestation gangster film The Irishman next year. We first told you about the project back in 2008, and then got an update from De Niro back in April of this year. The film is based on the non-fiction novel I Heard You Paint Houses, from author Charles Brandt. The book chronicles the life of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who supposedly murdered Jimmy Hoffa.
Al Pacino and Joe Pesci have been rumored to be involved with the film as well, and Scorsese said that the project is currently going through financing. Digital Spy reports that Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Cape Fear screenwriter Steven Zaillian is working on the script. Hit the jump for more on the project.
While Scorsese’s collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio have been nothing short of fantastic, I’m beyond thrilled to see the director reunite with De Niro. No matter what you may think of some of their less than successful films together, they were always pushing boundaries. Besides, it’s been a while since De Niro took on a project that wasn’t afraid to pull punches (I’m looking at you Little Fockers).
When De Niro provided an update on the project back in April, he mentioned that he and Scorsese were talking about turning The Irishman into two films, the second being an homage of sorts to Fellini’s 8 1/2:
“We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two films…using the footage from ‘Paint Houses’ to do another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of 8 ½.”
He mentioned that the second film would be semi-autobiographical, focusing on things he and Scorsese have experienced over the years. No word on whether this is still the plan, but I wouldn’t put it past the duo to attempt something as ambitious or off-the-wall as a companion film.
While mentioning that The Irishman was currently being financed, Scorsese said that it could start shooting as early as next year. Not unlike most other directors of his caliber, Scorsese has a litany of projects in various stages of readiness. He has the long-in-the-works adaptation of Silence, which follows two Jesuit priests in 17th century Japan (Daniel-Day Lewis and Benicio Del Toro were previously attached). He’s also been working on the Frank Sinatra biopic that was announced earlier this year. Whatever his next project may be, any Scorsese flick is a much-welcomed event in a Hollywood climate filled with films like Vampires Suck. The director is currently filming his first 3D project The Invention of Hugo Cabret with Chloe Moretz and Ben Kingsley. The family film is set to be released on December 9, 2011.
by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub Posted: December 13th, 2010
Since the 1970’s, Robert De Niro has made countless films. While some have clearly missed the mark, a few of them are considered classics in every sense of the word. Some of my favorites are Goodfellas, Heat, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part 2, and Righteous Kill. Kidding with that last one.
However, while he’s made some amazing films, not all of them have been box office hits. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that his two biggest hits were not made with Martin Scorsese, but with Ben Stiller. While some might dismiss Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, Parents made $166 million (worldwide) and Fockers made $280 million (worldwide). With this kind of money, it’s no surprise Universal made a third entry (called Little Fockers) and it gets released December 22.
Anyway, Universal has released 6 clips and a number of new images from the film. Check them out after the jump – along with the official synospis:
Here’s the synopsis:
The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights of comedy in the third installment of the blockbuster series—Little Fockers. Laura Dern, Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel join the returning all-star cast for a new chapter of the worldwide hit franchise.It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get “in” with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back.When Greg and Pam’s entire clan—including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson)—descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack’s final test and become the family’s next patriarch…or will the circle of trust be broken for good?Little Fockers stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Jessica Alba, Laura Dern and Barbra Streisand