Thursday, December 16, 2010

Scorsese, DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci to Team Up for the Movie of my 10th Grade Dreams

Perhaps out of understandable guilt and shame about going off and doing another one of those goddamn Fockers movies, Robert DeNiro is talking more about The Irishman, his upcoming mob movie, directed by Martin Scorsese, co-starring Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Oh, and maybe Harvey Keitel too. Ya know, if they feel like it.

Marty (that's what I call him, when we hang out in his home theater, watching Powell-Pressburger movies and drinking finely aged Scotch) said earlier this week that The Irishman, the true story of hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, will be his next project after completing Hugo Cabret, an upcoming children's movie that he shot in 3-D because even Martin Scorsese isn't perfect, so back off. It's based on a book called "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt; the screenplay is by Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Gangs of New York, American Gangster), because when you're getting someone to write a gangster movie for these dudes, you don't fuck around.

Since I saw Heat three times in the theaters (that's nine hours, so no need to break out the calculators) and this movie basically sounds like the winning team at this year's Fantasy Mob Movie draft, I'm pretty amped--in spite of the fact that, with the exception of Scorsese, none of these guys are doing consistently good work anymore (or, in Pesci's case, any work at all). Here's hoping that the magic of Marty will make this movie into some kind of Men in Black-style memory eraser, where we look into the white light and forget that Righteous Kill ever happened.

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