Netflix Buys Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2010 file photo, Robert De Niro, left, and Martin Scorsese, winner of the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement award backstage at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The cast of Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” will reunite for the film’s 25th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival. The festival announced Wednesday that a re-mastered version of the gangster film classic will close the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 25. Following the screening at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Jon Stewart will host a conversation with Scorsese and the cast, including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino. The festival runs April 15-26. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Netflix has bought the rights to The Irishman starring Robert De Niro!

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro.

Netflix would not comment on the deal but sources close to the project confirmed a report by IndieWire.

“The Irishman” will be the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. Steven Zaillian has written the script, based on the Charles Brandt’s 2004  book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which centered on the life of the mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

Scorsese and De Niro first partnered on 1973’s “Mean Streets,” followed by “Taxi Driver,” “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear” and 1995’s “Casino.”

Production on “The Irishman” is expected to start later this year.

Source: Variety