De Niro On Why Netflix For “The Irishman”

One of the stalwarts of cinema in the debate over home streaming vs. theatrical exhibition is Martin Scorsese who has now been lured to Netflix for his long-gestating “The Irishman” project.

Boasting a hefty $100 million budget, the story follows the life of Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking officer in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with rumored ties to the deaths of President Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa.

A big part of the reason for the expense is the film will boast CG technology to de-age De Niro and cast members for key scenes and sequences. Speaking to Deadline, the actor had nothing but praise for the streaming giant:

“We need the money to do it right and it just wasn’t financeable in another way, in the traditional film way if you will. They’re trying to really do it as the best it’s ever been. We’re doing the young stuff first and taking it decade by decade so that later the oldest stuff will be closer to our own age.

So they’re trying to really make it as good as they can make it and that’s the goal that it can be something special that everyone would want to see and see it done as well as it can at this point. I’m excited by it and looking forward to doing it.”

Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, and Bobby Cannavale co-star in the film based on Charles Brandt’s novel “I Heard You Paint Houses”. Filming on “The Irishman” starts in September ahead of a late 2018 release.