Martin Scorsese's new movie is getting picked up by Netflix
Feb 25 2017
The negotiations were continuing late into the day Tuesday, and at 5 PM it was still at Paramount Pictures, which still has its $15M deal domestic rights. It tells the deathbed story of mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who claims to have had insider knowledge about the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa.
Although it's odd that a movie like The Irishman wouldn't find immediate funding - especially with a director like Scorsese attached to the project - the bigger takeaway is that a company like Netflix is setting itself up to be the go-to company for independent, potentially award-winning films. According to GameSpot sister site CNET, the movie is based on the Charles Brandt crime novel "I Heard You Paint Houses".
Scorsese's highly-anticipated The Irishman has been acquired by Netflix to release to its 93 million subscribers across 190 countries, reports IndieWire.
Also noteworthy, De Niro will reportedly be digitally de-aged à la Benjamin Button to as young as his twenties. The movie was originally slated to be made by Paramount Pictures, who backed out upon the departure of Brad Grey, Paramount's 12-year chairman. "The Irishman" was to be released by Paramount, which was behind Scorsese's last movie, "Silence", but the streaming giant looks to have swooped in at the right time. "Scorsese's movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants".
The Irishman is now in development and is aiming for a 2019 release.
Scorsese, perhaps the most celebrated American filmmaker working today, has made additional attempts to court Joe Pesci to star in the film alongside De Niro, though the semi-retired actor, who's only appeared in six productions since the release of Casino, has repeatedly declined to participate.
An official start date has not yet been set for the project, which was first announced back in 2008. However, we sincerely hope a substantial theatrical roll-out is planned as seeing a new Scorsese film for the first time from our couch just wouldn't feel right.