Much like the finally realized “Silence,” Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman” has been one of those continually on-again, off-again projects that finally seemed to be happening when Netflix snapped up the project earlier this year. Things took a turn when it was revealed that the very deal created a mess of legal problems and might possibly jeopardize the project. However, it seems that all has been cleared up.
Indiewire reports that Netflix has given the $100-million-dollar movie the greenlight, with cameras slated to start rolling in August. Robert De Niro will lead the picture playing Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking officer in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with rumored ties to the deaths of President Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. As previously reported, CGI will be used to de-age De Niro ‘Benjamin Button‘-style for various sequences of the film, and while Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale, and Harvey Keitel have been rumored for roles, nothing is confirmed just yet. However, Rodrigo Prieto, who lensed “Silence” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” will again work with the director on this picture.
There’s no release date yet, but Netflix is reportedly eyeing a 2019 debut. It’ll be a bit of wait, but hopefully, one that’s worth the ups and downs that have befallen this project.