Quick, list your dream director and cast for a mob drama. If you just reeled off the names of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci then you will be as excited as I am to hear that the legendary foursome will be getting together for the film I Heard You Paint Houses, which should start filming next year.
Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci last collaborated on Goodfellas (1990), arguably the classic gangster movie, while you may recall Di Nero and Pancino teaming up for Michael Mann's Heat, the classic heist movie (I'm ignoring their team-up for the mediocre-at-best 50 Cent starring Righteous Kill back in 2008). To say that these men have pedigree in this arena is putting it lightly, so I'm really looking forward this one.
The film has been kicking around in development for a few years and is also known by its alternate working title of The Irishman. The screenplay is based on the true crime book I Heard You Paint Houses: The Story of the Biggest Mob Hit in History by Charles Brandt, which tells the story of mob assassin Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who confessed to carrying out more than 25 "hits" on behalf of the mob.
Martin Scorsese is on a creative roll, off the back of the acclaimed The Wolf Of Wall Street and the much-hyped upcoming HBO series Vinyl. It's fair to say though that the legendary actors set to appear in I Heard You Paint Houses have careers that could do with the shot in the arm reliving their glory days could provide. De Niro spoke about the film on a promotional tour for The Intern, and the lukewarm comedy is the latest in a slew of mediocre films that have seen the star coast, living off his prior reputation. Al Pacino, meanwhile, has sunk as low as TV movies and Adam Sandler comedies and Joe Pesci has made only 5 appearances on screen since the heady days of Casino.
It's still early days in the film's development, and as such details of the plot and characters are unknown. There's yet to be any official confirmation from anyone, other than De Niro, that this is happening, but surely it's only a matter of time. As a director Scorsese has made some of the greatest mob films ever, with a cast that already reads like a who's-who of on-screen gangsters, I'll be watching the development of this one with great interest.
What do you think? Are you as excited as I am for this one, or will it be another disappointment for these once-great actors? Let me know in the comments below!