Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are said to be circling the mob drama “I Heard You Paint Houses” which Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have been working on together for Paramount Pictures reports Deadline.
Scorsese is attached to direct and De Niro will play Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran, a mob assassin reputed to have carried out more than 25 murders. The title refers to mob slang for contract killings.
Steve Zaillian will adapt author Charles Brandt’s 2004 novel. The author befriended Sheeran shortly before the latter’s death in 2003 and among the crimes Sheeran confessed to Brandt was the killing and dismemberment of Jimmy Hoffa on the orders of mob boss Russell Bufalino.
Scorsese, De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will produce though this is one of several project he’s linked to, the other most notable being an adaptation of Shusako Endo’s novel “Silence”.