Scorsese and De Niro Teaming Up in Typical Fashion

October 2, 2008

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Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro: HEARD OF THEM? Of course you have. They did the movie with the cab operator, the good fellows one, black & white boxer, and I think some others, and now they're teaming again to bring us yet another movie about the mob. From Variety:

Paramount Pictures is plotting a return to organized crime for Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. Studio has set Steve Zaillian ("Gangs of New York", "Schindler's List") to adapt "I Heard You Paint Houses," the book about the mob assassin who many believe was involved in the death of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Scorsese is attached to direct. De Niro will play Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, who is reputed to have carried out more than 25 mob murders.

Pic’s title refers to mob slang for contract killings, and the resulting blood splatter on walls and floors. Book was written by Charles Brandt, who befriended Sheeran shortly before the latter’s death in 2003. Among the crimes Sheeran confessed to Brandt, according to the 2004 book, was the killing and dismemberment of Hoffa, carried out on orders from mob boss Russell Bufalino.

The combination of Scorsese, De Niro, and mob drama is like dough, cheese, and marinara sauce. You put them together, you pretty much know what you're getting (hint: it's Italian), but that's alright, because even at its worst it's still pretty good. I'll take it.

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