Scorsese Praises Netflix for Taking Risk with 'The Irishman'
Martin Scorsese's next film ‘The Irishman’ has been scheduled for release in cinemas which, according to Robert De Niro, is "the way it should be."
Both appeared at the Marrakech Film Festival where the legendary director added, “People such as Netflix are taking risks. ‘The Irishman’ is a risky film. No one else wanted to fund the pic for five to seven years. And of course we’re all getting older. Netflix took the risk.”
Production began on the filmmaker’s mob drama in 2016 with lucrative rights picked up at Cannes Film Festival. Netflix later acquired worldwide rights to the film for a reported $105 million setting a budget of $125 million—the largest of Scorsese’s career. Costs ended up soaring because of the CGI required to make the 74-year-old De Niro look like a 30-year-old for the scenes set in 1959.
Penned by 'Schindler's List' writer Steven Zaillian, ‘The Irishman’ is based on Charles Brandt’s book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses,’ and marks the ninth collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese. The film also stars Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Jack Huston and Stephen Graham, who will play Genovese mob boss Tony “Pro” Provenzano – a top associate of Jimmy Hoffa, the character whose mysterious disappearance provides the film with its plot.