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Oh, but this is exciting.
Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro are going to be reuniting with none other than Martin Scorsese, one of cinema’s greatest filmmakers.
The two have appeared in together in three of Scorsese’s previous efforts, two of which are masterpieces and one of which is merely excellent: Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).
The cherry on top of this beauty? Al Pacino is going to be with them.
Scorsese spent much of his early career working with De Niro, and their collaborations have birthed some of cinema’s finest output. Apart from the aforementioned films, the two have produced Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), The King of Comedy (1982), Cape Fear (1991), and the short film The Audition (2015).
In more recent years, Scorsese has collaborated more often with Leonadro DiCaprio, Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and, again, The Audition (2015).
The new film looks like a cracker, too. It’s based on I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, concerning Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran’s “confession” regarding the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, a union activist whose life slipped into organised crime. It’s entitled The Irishman and will be releasing in 2018.
The film is being written by fairly talented screenwriter Steven Zaillian, whose works have ranged from astounding (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York) to, err, misfire (Hannibal).