For the past few years director Martin Scorsese has been joined at the hip with Leonardo DiCaprio churning out critical hit after hit with Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, and most recently Shutter Island. All four films were great in their own right but none of them compare to the magic he created decades ago with Robert De Niro. It’s been a while since we’ve seen these old pals reunite for a great film and according to a recent interview with De Niro he and Marty are currently working on something big. We’re talking Federico Fellini big.
De Niro’s been out on the interview circuit promoting this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (which he co-founded in 2002) and spoke about a project he’s developing with Scorsese entitled The Irishman. The duo are planning to create a huge two part masterpiece inspired by the filmmaking style of the legendary Federico Fellini.
“It’s based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses. It’s a very simple, terrific story about [mobster Frank Sheeran], who supposedly killed [Jimmy] Hoffa and Joe Gallo and so on,” De Niro said.
The story sounds dark, gritty, and has Scorsese written all over it but De Niro wants more. He doesn’t want it to blend in with every other drama out there. He wants this to be epic
“We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two films,” he continued. “It’s an idea that came about from Eric Roth to combine these movies using the footage from ‘Paint Houses’ to do another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie — a director and the actor — based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them.”
The last time we saw a two part movie in theaters it was for The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, which sucked. Action flicks and sci-fi fantasy films easily lend themselves to a two-part set up so it will be interesting to see how they bring it together for a drama.
We’ve been itching for Scorsese to pull another legendary performance out of De Niro and this could be his chance to do it. We know you’ve still got it in you Bobby D. Show these young how it’s done!
What do you think of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese reuniting for another project? Are you looking forward to seeing them together again?