Martin Scorsese is returning to the New York Film Festival to promote his newest film, “The Irishman.” The movie is set to premiere on the opening night of the event, which is the 57th in the festival’s history. The crime drama stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, and through the magic of special effects, the actors will be “de-aged” throughout the film for earlier scenes in the timeline.
With a budget of $160M, the film is one of the most expensive projects that Martin Scorsese has directed. Most of the director’s films, like “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Shutter Island,” and “The Departed,” like to hover around the $80 to $110M mark. This is the ninth film that De Niro and Scorsese have worked on together and a first for Pacino. The movie also features Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, and Ray Romano. De Niro and Pesci both starred in Scorsese’s 1995 hit “Casino,” which opened in fifth-place on opening weekend with a $9.5M debut before grossing over $116M worldwide.
The movie itself is based on the novel “I Heard You Paint Houses” from Charles Brandt. The story follows labor union leader and hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). Hoffa famously disappeared in 1975 and was never seen again. Netflix is releasing the movie in theaters, to appease Oscar voters that are against streaming-only movies from winning awards, but it’s unlikely that the film will see a nationwide release. Netflix tends to release its movies on the streaming platform just a week or two after they debut in theaters, and movie chains tend to dislike the competition and refuse to screen the films. Netflix is pushing the film for the Oscars, an award show that heavily favors Scorsese’s work, and the work of his cast and crew.
If you like to read the original novel before seeing the adaptation, you can find “I Heard You Paint Houses” right here on Amazon.
Movie buffs can set a reminder to catch the updates from the New York Film Festival on September 27th, the festival runs through October 13th.
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