Scorsese’s “Irishman” Budget Soars To $175M

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” looks set to surpass “Hugo” and become the filmmaker’s most expensive movie to date. Netflix initially bought the film for $105 million and agreed to a $125 million budget for the mob drama which is currently in post-production.

The movie is based on the book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt about Frank Sheeran, a union boss (Robert De Niro) and his alleged part in the 1975 disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

At last report back in early February, the film’s budget had climbed to $140 million. Now, PageSix reports that the budget has soared to $175 million and “they haven’t done the music yet” says one source.

The shoot, with locations all over the tri-state area, started in August and wrapped earlier this month with Scorsese reportedly shooting for more than 106 days – the most he has ever spent shooting a movie.

Then there’s the digital de-ageing effects for scenes set in 1959 in which De Niro has to look like he’s 30. Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano and Bobby Cannavale co-star in the film which isn’t scheduled to come out until 2019.