Martin Scorsese’s much anticipated Netflix feature foray “The Irishman” is on the way this Fall with the film currently in the midst of an extensive post-production process.
A big part of that is the director’s choice to employ de-aging technology akin to that used in the Marvel Studios films, but here to turn acting veterans like Robert De Niro and Al Pacino into younger versions of themselves for around half the film.
Before it was believed the movie would simply do one-time jump – looking at the de-aged young versions in the first half of the movie and then their present day versions in the second half. Now however, Scorsese himself indicates to A24 Films that the movie will jump back and forth through time. This change up is tied to the visual effects about which he’s concerned:
“Why I’m concerned, we’re all concerned is that we’re so used to watching them as the older faces. When we put them all together, it cuts back and forth… Now, it’s real. Now, I’m seeing it. Now, certain shots need more work on the eyes, need more work on why these exactly the same eyes from the plate shot, but the wrinkles and things have changed. Does it change the eyes at all? If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?”
The tech has pushed the film’s budget into a very high bracket, but should the film work it could well be a serious awards contender and popular hit. The movie is currently targeting a release some time in October.