The Irishman was a project that was mentioned back in 2008, and attached to it were acting legends Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. Oh, did I mention it had Martin Scorsese as the director? Well, that rumor is back in full force.
If you’re a film geek, you know that DeNiro and Scorsese are one of the best duos in cinema history. They’re the duo that brought us classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio is Scorsese’s go-to guy now, but back in the day, DeNiro was the man. The last project they did together was in 1995, but there have been rumors throughout the years of these two reuniting. One notable rumor was that they would team up to do a sequel to Taxi Driver. They even mentioned it in interviews, but sadly, that fell through, too.
Well, Pacino has caught the interest of film geeks across the world when he mentioned that The Irishman is still in the works in his interview with The Daily Beast. Although DeNiro has been saying “yes” to every film project as if that’s the only word he knows, Pacino has been careful with his selection of roles throughout his later years. Scorsese has also still been churning out quality work, such as the The Departed, Hugo, and The Wolf of Wallstreet. DeNiro has definitely still got it, as he earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Silver Linings Playbook, but he desperately needs much more quality roles in his life right now because teaming up with the likes of 50 Cent in straight-to-video type of deals just isn’t cutting it.
We need a gangster film desperately, and who better to give it to us than these guys? Scorsese has a film entitled Silence on deck already that should be released by 2015, so it seems like The Irishman is a project that could hit the screens by late 2016. Let’s just all hope that Pacino isn’t filling our minds with fairy tales and promises. If that happens to be the case, we have to remember that it’s a cruel world indeed. We’ll always have Goodfellas and Casino to comfort us, but one more for old time’s sake wouldn’t hurt.
This generation knows DeNiro as “that guy in the Meet the Fockers movies.” He needs an “allow me to reintroduce myself” film. DeNiro playing a gangster is just right …