February 16, 2010

Please Please Please!

As a huge fan of Martin Scorsese, I'm always excited when he's got a new flick coming out, and I'm particularily psyched about Shutter Island because it's getting such good buzz right now, but I can't help but look ahead to his next project. Despite how much I've enjoyed his colloborations with Leonardo Di Caprio, I'd like to see him team with his long time partner in crime Robert De Niro again. De Niro, who's career has been in the toliet for well over a decade, could really use the career-boost (as I recently discussed) so I was very pleased to hear that Scorsese discussed a new project with him in the works while promoting Island. Scorsese, who last worked with DeNiro on 1995's mobster flick Casino, will not only reteam, but they're going to return to world of gangster flicks. He told Reuters "Bob De Niro and I are talking about something that has to do with that world. We're working on something like that, but it's from the vantage point of older men looking back."

A couple of years ago rumours surfaced that the two were working on an adaptation of "I Heard You Paint Houses," a true-crime book that chronicles the life of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a mob-assassin with a lenghty resume of rubouts alleged to include Jimmy Hoffa. The title, by the way, refers to mobspeak for "I heard you do contract killings." It's kind of frowned upon in the underworld - where wiretaps are not uncommon - to talk openly about whacking people so the phrase "I heard you paint houses" was subbed in. All I can say is sign me up, 'cause despite going to the well multiple times together in this genre, the results of have been so strong I'd love to see the two of them take another crack at this world. Afterall, the last time De Niro played an Irish mobster was Goodfellas, and that turned out pretty damn well.

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