Martin Scorsese has done a better job of keeping his career out of the toilet than Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and even Harvey Keitel (it annoys me to see Keitel appear in bush league car insurance ads). So maybe Scorsese can throw them back some dignity with The Irishman.
That movie is still being talked about, and now supposedly readying to film.
According to Indiewire, filming is slated to begin this August with Netflix planning a day-and-date release in 2019 along with an awards-qualifying run. Here is the synopsis for the book that it is based on;
The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran were, “I heard you paint houses.” To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.
Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures.
When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself.
Sheeran’s important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders including those of Joey Gallo and JFK, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that has become a true crime classic.
They’re also going to de-age De Niro by 30 years and bring back Joe Pesci.