Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

From The Never-Gonna-Happen Files, Pacino And Pesci May Join De Niro And Scorsese For THE IRISHMAN!

Beaks here...

Deadline's Michael Fleming is reporting that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are "circling" what could potentially be Martin Scorsese's next film, THE IRISHMAN. Based on the non-fiction I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES by Charles Brandt, the movie would center on the life and times of mob hit man Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who, among many other alleged crimes, may have had a hand in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa. It appears THE IRISHMAN would also star Robert De Niro, who is currently developing the film with his Tribeca Productions partner Jane Rosenthal for Paramount. De Niro, Pacino, Pesce, and Scorsese? With a screenplay by Steve Zaillian? It'll never happen. I'm going to remain skeptical about this because I would love nothing more than to see these gentlemen making a mob movie together - especially if the idea of doing a complementary, Fellini-esque second movie is still in play. In case you missed the news from earlier this year, here's how De Niro explained the project to MTV...
We have a more ambitious idea, hopefully, to make it a two-part type of film or two films…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.
I know Scorsese would really like to make SILENCE, based on the Shusako Endo book about Jesuits in 17th Century Japan - and I'd love to see that, too. But this two-tiered approach to THE IRISHMAN sounds like movie buff heaven. Who wouldn't want to see this? Not to worry, though, 'cuz it'll never happen. Ever.

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I'd buy that for a dollar

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    You think i'm funny?

    by nolan bautista

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista stuttering prick ya!..gotta love Joe Pesci

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    It will happen

    by Young Moses

    The cookie told me so

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Pacino and Scorsese?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Talk about movie heaven.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Why Haven't DeNiro and Scorcese been making movies together?

    by Daytripper69

    Has there been some kind of falling out that I don't know about? And Scorsese + Pacino is an idea whose time has come...

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    As long as they shoot Christopher again, I'm happy

    by Tall_Boy66

    Seriously. Just do the exact same scene from Goodfellas again.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Of course. Because when I hear "Irish" I think

    by ltgalloway

    De Niro, Pacino, Pesce, and Scorsese. Maybe it's an ironic title?

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    deniro on scorsese...

    by emeraldboy

    we are like an old married couple. we have a lot of happy memories but we no longer share the marital bed. in other words, deniro and scorsese will never work together again. Marty S dumped deniro and is no working with Leo.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Thank fuck Scorsese is finally dumping DiCaprio

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    And getting back with the old team De Niro and Pesci for one more mob movie. And Pacino too! Please let this happen. <p>The Departed was a cartoon movie and even ol' Jack couldn't save it. It lacked all the rawness of Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and the massively underrated Casino, yet it was being praised left, right and center as if it was the equal of those films. Bullshit. Nothing good has come of Scorsese and Di Caprio's love-in. Di Caprio is a bland mannequin out of his depth in any kind of adult role, and even Inception would have been greatly improved without him. He's a boy trying to do a man's job, even though he's 35.<p>And get Scorsese on Silence, too. That's his dream project. Marty hasn't made a good film since Casino, nor even a daring one since Kundun. Maybe with these projects he'll start to become interesting again.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    "Gangs of New York"

    by pollaxt a bloody masterpiece. That is all.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by scors54

    DeNiro is half Irish (his mom). And, don't forget that his character in "Goodfellas",Jimmy Conway, was also Irish. The others? Who knows who or what they'll play.<p> Hell, I never though "Italian" when I heard J. Carrol Nash, Burt Lancaster or James Caan either. I believe that's why they refer to it as acting ;-)

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Wish we could see that Gangs of New York workprint

    by ShabbyBlue

    I'd love to see the alleged 4 hour cut of Gangs thats circulating in the bootleg world out there. I was kind of "meh" about that movie when it first came out, but it has really grown in me in the last few years and I consider it a brilliant masterpiece now.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Scorsese lied about the longer cut of Gangs

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Typical PR bullshit. He said it didn't exist and that he was happy with the existing cut. Don't believe it for a second. No director wants you to think his work has been compromised. But it definitely exists and would probably be a better film, though it still stars Di Crapio which means it's always gonna be less than it could have been.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Bullshit about DeNiro being half irish

    by awardgiver

    and I quote: "De Niro's father was of Italian and Irish descent, and his mother was of German, French, and Dutch ancestry." he's a quarter irish. but who the fuck is counting? just setting the record straight from those mooks who post one line like its out of the fucking constitution and the rest of us should follow.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Yes, but will it be in 3D?

    by ricarleite2

    I'd LOVE to see another crime film based on real events by Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci (making a trilogy on Goodfellas & Casino), but point one: Scorsese seems to have lost De Niro's phone number (he should have been in The Departed), and two: he is shooting his first 3D movie. Let me repeat that, a 3D fantasy film by Martin Scorsese. The guy who made Taxi Drive is LONG GONE. In his place, we got a post 2003 Spielberg who likes quick cuts.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    My boner would explode..don't do it

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    Seriously, if this becomes a reality my boner will become so huge that it explodes and I will die. DONT DO IT...FOR MY SAKE!!!!!!

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Robert Deniro is actually half black...FACT

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    When his family got to the USA they changed his name from DeNegro to Deniro.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I want to hear DeNiro and Pesci say FUCK and shoot people

    by ricarleite2

    "You muthafucka you!"

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    How in the world would SILENCE work as a movie?

    by CountryBoy

    It has to be one of the slowest, least visual stories I've ever read. I can barely even remember what happens in it; I just retain a few images of peasants eating seaweed or something, people getting tortured and a priest in a kimono. Who would see this movie? I can't see it ever working; it strikes me as a guaranteed failure.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    i want a deniro and will smith movie!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    no idea why but i do...

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    or give me deniro in a guy ritchie flick

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    The Irishman would beat the shit out of The American.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    This movie will cost $100 billion dollars to make...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    if all these guys decide to make this movie together...and throw in DiCaprio and Ray Liotta, and if they feel like it, James Gandolfini, and Clint Eastwood in an extended cameo! Oh, and Robert Redford as an FBI agent. Maybe...

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    With all those stars, It'll be the Ocean's 11 of crime movies!

    by ShabbyBlue

    Oh wait...

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    blah blah pussy gangsters blah blah

    by alienindisguise

    The mob is nothing but ass raping homos just like every other fagtastic gang walking the streets. If I could kill them all I would.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Throw in Stallone and you got "Expendables 2"...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    SHabby Blue....I felt the same way about Gangs of New York

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Wasn't crazy about it at first...but it really grew on me.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Pesci needs the work...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    He must be tired of playing golf.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I thought Pesci retired from film?

    by awepittance

    i remember reading that somewhere but i could be wrong, maybe it was harvey kietel haha

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    thanks to the way in which the bush administration..

    by emeraldboy

    and thier family friendly lobby groups strangulated hollywood. Pesci wont be able to beat people up and do his pyscho routine ever again.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I want to see a fight to the death between Pesci and Danny DeVit

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Midgets on the warpath!

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Bob Hoskins Vs. Joe Pesci Vs. Danny DeVito

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    One armed with a broken whiskey bottle, one with a pen, and one with, er...Super Mario's plunger.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Add Scorsese's original leading man..

    by Lance2769

    ...Harvey Keitel and new leading man/boy Leo Di Caprio and you have the ultimate cast for a new Scorsese gangster flick. I'm crossing my fingers that this news comes to fruition.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    speakin of pesci

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    am i the only one who wants a real Home Alone 3? the wet bandits could go and try to molest (err i mean "scare while burglarizing") Kevins new adopted son... cuz ya know, Kevin turns out to be gay... it writes itself!

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Problem is

    by Akira Cowabunga

    that these guys stopped making good movies quite a while ago. Pacino and DeNiro have been playing it safe for well over a decade and haven't pushed themselves. Anybody see Righteous Kill? What a waste. They should have chewed up the scenery but there was no chemistry between them at all. Their characters were supposed to be best friends, but it never felt that way. Stupendous disappointment. It would be best if this project never happened, because it will be a letdown. As for Pesci, does anybody really care about him? He plays one character and we've seen it a hundred times. He has the acting range of kelp.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Silence is really a tough sell

    by BadMrWonka

    it's an amazing book, but I just don't know how you sell that to a studio. it would be a 2 hour film about characters questioning god, with like 20 minutes of actually functional plot points.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by BranMakMorn

    Add him in and you got five aces.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    DeNiro still has chops...

    by film11

    Quit griping about RIGHTEOUS KILL and give WHAT JUST HAPPENED a viewing. He's still a great actor...IF he has the material. If he does that stupid third FOCKERS movie, then he damn well better do the Scorsese movie...cause he'll owe us!

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I'll tell you the ideal combination

    by Disco_sucks

    Forget Pesci, splash the money and get Nicholson in there. He's the best leading actor of the last forty years and the electricity between him and De Niro in The Last Tycoon was electrifying, if under-utilised. And the prospect of him and Pacino in a scene together is mouth-watering.<p>What's that, the story doesn't call for it? Well let them make something else. Let's face it, none of them have too many movies left in them and it's now or never. They need to just bite the bullet and sign on the line that is dotted.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    All three of these guys NEED this movie.

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Nicholson wasn't very good in The Departed, though

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    An extremely silly performance. Jack just phones in his persona most of the time now. Now 70's Nicholson - that was an actor.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Glad Pesci is out of retirement

    by lochkray

    Too long to have him out of the game (isn't he also coming out with a movie about him being a pimp in the near future?) And to have DeNiro and Scorcesse working together again? Cinephile heaven! DeCaprio just ain't no DeNiro. I don't hate DeCaprio, I just find he's too pretty to play the tough-guy part. His talent is fantastic, he's a great actor, but I just don't find his pretty-boy looks threatening enough for all the characters Scorcese wants him to play. Departed was an okay movie (I actually rank it below Bringing Out the Dead, though), but they only gave it the Oscar because they f**ked up on the half-dozen other opportunities of cinematic brilliance they had to grant Scorcese an Academy Award for.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Martin should make the Mafia Expendables...

    by ShelbKis

    DeNiro, Pacino, Caan, Liotta, Pesci, Ghadolfini, Christopah, Buscemi... who I missing?

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    File under F

    by BookhouseBoy


  • Sept. 13, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Leo is a bloody pro ...

    by Ray_Tango

    ... and is consistently good in everything he's done. People just can't handle the fact that he's handsome, talented and rich. I for one would love to see Leo and De Niro reunited under the direction of the man with Hollywood's largest monobrow.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    I am slowly warming to him as an actor. I thought he was way out of his element in Gangs. I thought the movie suffered from the presence of him and Cameron Diaz in it. However, he was so good in The Aviator, solid in the great The Departed (Yes! I said great!), and did possibly the best acting of his career in Shutter Island, although the movie was meh. And he was very good in Inception as well. I'm starting to buy him more, as long as he stays away from attempting South African accents, a la Blood Diamond. Also, I was not too impressed with Casino. Comparing The Departed and Casino, I think The Departed is much better, but neither is as good as Goodfellas.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    De Niro is a hack these days.

    by RPLocke

    Machete? Please.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    the bloom is off the pacino/deniro rose already.

    by RedHorseVector

    i'd pay for a ticket though. at least with scorsese directing, you know it won't be righteous kill 2.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Pesci retired?

    by moviemaniac-7

    Dream movie, though...

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Enough with the fucking mob movies

    by BigTuna

    Couldn't they do something else?

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Anyone see De Niro at the Toronto film fest?

    by BigTuna

    Christ, he looks exactly like Santa Clause. What a mess.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    "The Irishman" is already coming out

    by zenith1226

    Based on Youngstown/Erie PA mobsters Danny Green and Ray Feritto? Starring Christopher Walken and Ray Stevenson as Danny Greene???

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    You'd better-lieve e drinks fully krausened pilsner

    by UltraTron

    an noht that shiite yew nuurdz be downing in yur Harry Pottuurr cuups. Sorry just felt like talking like an Irish pirate I suppose

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Wow! Yes! A film about THE MOB!

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    I wonder if there will be any betrayal in it! Maybe even some shit lines about honor and knowing the rules of the streets. Oooh, one can only hope!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    A who's who

    by Shalako

    of sellouts.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    "Maybe even some shit lines about honor and knowing the rules of

    by TakingScorpiosCalls


  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    What happened to Quint's Facebook movie review?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It was here earlier. Suspicious.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    These days De Niro and Pacino in your movie

    by RPLocke

    is a kiss of death

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Leo is OK

    by MandrakeRoot

    He's a decent actor but he can't disappear into roles. Every character he plays become him, while he should be becoming the character. Every single one of his roles is just Leo with a slight variation (and the variation is usually an accent). <p> Leo just doesn't even come close to the brilliance that Pacino and De Niro delivered in their prime. Look at all of the nervous ticks and emotion behind the eyes of Pacino's Sonny Wortzik in Dog Day Afternoon. Now that is a truly masterful performance. Or how bout how De Niro played a young Vito Corleone in such a brilliantly way that you really believe he's a young Brando. Just amazing. Leo will never match these performances, or even come close. His best performance was actually What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Since he's hit adulthood he's a one-note actor. He's good at his one note, but that's about it.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Fa Fa Fooey...

    by nico_laos

    Just seeing the title of your post brought a smile to my face. Good stuff lol.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    De Niro is half Homosexual

    by []D[][]V[][]D

    as his italian father turned into a common garden variety homosexual. "Not that theres anything wrong with that". Also Robby D also played a irish gangster: Jimmy "The Gent" Burke.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Pacino's last good work

    by Shalako

    got flushed down the toilet after breakfast.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by BookhouseBoy

    Could you PLEASE take that trailer down that keeps auto-playing. Its driving me fucking mental!!!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    Now you've got yourselves a picture!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Pesci, De Niro + Pacino = LOVE

    by Darrenjiju

    Can wait to see the trailer when it comes out!!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Deniro is half Aboriginal

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    his name is actually Robert Denidgeridoo. <p>

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    His name is actually Roberto Dinero.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I haven't read any of the talk-back. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . why, exactly, is this such an impossibility?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot, because it would be a good film

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    And such things don't happen these days.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    If you are single, and wanna flirt me check BlackwhiteRomance.c

    by adismith

    if you put【bla ck w hite】 and【Rom anc e 】together, you will go to a ni-ce place,You’ll find the best selection of b-ab-ies, sin-gles at the exclusive inte-rracial d-ating community, 【balck white】 and 【 Rom anc e 】 Please remove 【and】Come in and stay a while. Check out the h-o-t ph-oto galleries. You are guaranteed to find someone you like there.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Jesuits in Japan?!@!!!! Sign me up

    by Stormwatcher

    that's the best news I heard all day. The Mission meets the Last Samurai, keeping Deniro but loosing Cruise? Wow!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    More interested in Silence.

    by Knuckleduster

    But hey, Marty can do whatever he likes. I'll still watch anything with his name on it.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    coming up, and not to mention BOARDWALK EMPIRE, it seems like we're gonna be in Marty Heaven for a few more years!

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    De Niro rather does Fockers and Pacino does Jack & Jill

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    With all due respect, gentlemen: SHAME ON YOU BOTH

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    RIP Harold Gould.

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Who cares if DeNiro likes black chicks? Personally, I like a little variety, but what's the big deal?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Italians Gotta Eat!

    by cymbalta4thedevil


  • Sept. 14, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    De Niro is actually Superman

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    Al Pacino put a chunk of kryptonyte in his pocket during the coffee-shop scene in Heat. That would explain his bad movie karma since 1995

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    So Bobby D just called....

    by shiekybaby

    he told me to stop calling me Bobby D in talkbacks or he would feed me my own fuckin balls in front of my kids.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Pesci vs Devito vs Hoskins vs Paulies Robot

    by savagedave

    For the title.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    you're weird

    by slickerynodes

    take that

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci, Scorsese, Walken, Sorvino, Caan

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    coming out Fall 2014: The Movie Too Cool For You To See.

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    So Deniro/Pacino will be in a movie together for each decade

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Except for the 80s. Sad really, would have loved to see them after their their baby face 70s but before their comeback midlifers slight parodic 90s phase together, during the hotshit coke snorting Tony Montana/Noodles phase. But instead of a crime epic it would be a Conan the Barbarian ripoff with them in saggy tights.