One of the best directors of the Gangsta genre has been recruited to direct the $100 million Netflix Original Film The Irishman. According to indiewire production will begin this August.
The film will mark the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and Robert De Niro. De Niro will be playing Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. The film also stars other gangsta movie royalty, including Al Pacino, Joe Pesci. Steve Zaillian (“Moneyball”) adapted “The Irishman” from Charles Brandt‘s 2003 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about Sheeran’s career as a hitman.
Some of the $100 million budget will be used to make De Niro appear 30 years younger in certain scenes, this will be done by VFX company Industrial Light & Magic.
Indiewire report Netflix is aiming for a 2019 release day-and-date with a limited Oscar-qualifying release. The company has 93 million subscribers in 190 countries.
Scorsese still hasn’t disappointed us yet with his gangsta films, and with the cast and potential budget he will have at his disposal, Scorsese could easily land himself another high-grossing film. Wolf of Wall Street made took in $392 million at the worldwide box office.