Martin Scorsese’s Upcoming Work: “The Irishman”


Jennifer Walmach, Writer

Martin Scorsese has recently finished the process of filming his latest feature, The Irishman. The upcoming mobster movie is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, as it tells the story of hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a union boss played by Robert De Niro and his alleged part in the 1975 disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, who is played by Al Pacino. Scorsese’s approach is to set the film in two different time periods and digitally de-age stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.

Scorsese started shooting The Irishman in August of  2017 in parts of New York and even in Paterson, New Jersey as he had completed the filming process on March 5, 2018. The movie is scheduled to be released sometime in 2019 as it is also said to be that this movie is one of Scorsese’s most expensive films yet, which is astonishing considering the fact that most, if not all of his films, are quality content which have not exceeded this expense.

Netflix had bought the film for $105 million dollars as they agreed to a $125 million dollar budget though costs have ascended to nearly $175 million dollars, according to an insider working on set, as this film will be considered a “Netflix Original” as opposed to being played in cinemas.

Since the film’s main character, Frank Sheeran (De Niro) who was allegedly involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), has flashbacks during important moments throughout the decades, the film requires substantial CGI (consultants in management and information technology) which is a computer graphics software that is used to create computer-generated imagery in films, which will be needed to de-age the cast members.

The Irishman has been in the works since at least 2010, as the title first surfaced on September 14,  2010, when Deadline reported that Martin Scorsese had begun to develop the project with De Niro and Pesci.

Martin Scorsese is a well-known director and is respected in the entertainment world, as his career spans for nearly fifty years. Scorsese is the creator of many crime/drama classics such as Goodfellas, Casino, and Taxi Driver all of which, star Robert De Niro, who has starred in nearly 105 movies, many of which revolve around crime/drama. His first ever role was playing as an extra in the 1965 film Three Rooms In Manhattan as he was only 22 at the time and was credited as “client at the diner”.

Prior to Scorsese’s movie success, when he was 8 years old in 1950, he was already drawing his own storyboards which he would complete them with the line “Directed and Produced by Martin Scorsese.” Later on in 1965 when he was 25 years old, Scorsese was able to write and direct his first ever movie in black and white, titled I Call First. Later, it would be retitled to Who’s That Knocking at My Door. For as long as Scorsese could remember, he has always wanted to be in the filmmaking business.

This will be the fourth time Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Scorsese have worked together, the last being 22 years ago during the making of  Casino in 1995.

Unfortunately the film does not have a specific release date yet, but for now, all we can do is binge watch some of Scorsese’s classics until the film is released.