STX Entertainment has reportedly forked over roughly $50 million for international rights to Martin Scorsese’s long in the works crime drama “The Irishman” which looks to be finally happening.
Easily the biggest deal of this year’s Cannes, and one of the priciest deals in recent history, STX beat out numerous other studios circling the $100 million-budgeted project which had to be pulled out of turnaround at Paramount in time for Cannes.
Based on the Charles Brandt book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the story follows the deathbed confession of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran about his role in the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian adapted the script.
The project reunites Scorsese with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995’s “Casino,” marks his first collaboration with Al Pacino, and could also see him reuniting with Joe Pesci – though Pesci has yet to officially be attached to the project.