Deadline reports that STX Entertainment have landed the international rights for Martin Scorsese’s mob film The Irishman, which is said to possibly be a recent Cannes record.
Paramount Pictures have domestic rights for the project and the report indicates that the deal with STX Entertainment is set to be worth an estimated $50m, making it the biggest deal at Cannes so far, with the bidding war said to come down between STX, Universal and FOX. STX International President David Kosse said:
We could not be more excited or privileged to have secured the international rights to this incredible motion picture. Fabrica de Cine’s vision and support in putting together this film is incredible. Martin Scorsese is one of the world’s most accomplished filmmakers and The Irishman is precisely the kind of premiere tentpole programming that will help distinguish STX as we continue to build our studio and especially our infrastructure overseas.
Fabrica Chairman and Chief Executive Gaston Pavlovich said:
We value STX’s passion and belief in this project. Seeing the dynamism of their team, the experience of their senior executives, and their shared vision for creating powerful content, we decided to entrust STX Entertainment with The Irishman as the best possible partner to handle the international distribution for this project. They are passionate about film and were excited to be such an important part of creating this long-awaited collaboration between the legendary actors and director, which will be a milestone in film history. The Irishman is an event on a global scale, and Adam and David are innovative and entrepreneurs with one of the best executive teams working in the business today.
A Fabrica Executive said to Deadline:
This is a cinematic event that is likely never going to be repeated. It’s Scorsese back with De Niro. It’s Scorsese with Pacino for the first time. We strongly believe in the filmmakers’ ability. The decision about who to go with really has come down to who shared our vision for the film and really believed in it.
The Irishman is set to be based on the Charles Brandt novel ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’, which is the deathbed story from mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran about the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian set to adapt the screenplay. Frank Sheeran was a member of the Bufalino crime family out of Pennsylvania and became a confidante of Hoffa. According to Sheeran’s story, Hoffa was driven to a house near the Red Fox restaurant (the place where he was last seen) and shot twice in the back of the head in the hallway, then cremated in a mob-connected funeral home. Floor planks where Hoffa would have hit the floor were pulled up and tested for DNA more than 10 years ago. Of the two good samples taken, the FBI could confirm nothing sold as one was inconclusive and the other could only reveal that it was a male….the rest is lore. The name of the book comes from the first thing Hoffa reportedly said to Sheeran (‘I heard you paint houses’), which means when blood is splattered all over the floor and walls after a hit.
The reason that the film adaptation is becoming a much anticipated film event is because we will see Martin Scorsese working again with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for the first time since Casino way back in 1995 and if an agreement is reached it will also mark the first time that Scorsese works with Al Pacino. Also believed to be cast in the film is Harvey Keitel. I for one look forward to this film immensely, especially if we finally get to see Scorsese working with Pacino and it becomes a question of who else does Scorsese bring into the fold? Will he have Leonardo DiCaprio brought in for a left-field cameo? Bring in actors he’s worked with recently such as Steve Buscemi and Bobby Cannavale? I look forward to hearing how this film develops over the next year.