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Robert De Niro is still pretty sure that The Irishman will go ahead even if that companion film doesn't

12.15.2010

One could only hope for a Scorsese/Pesci/De Niro reunion. Then add Al Pacino to the equation and you start to freak out. Is it possible? Could it really happen?

Well, they've been working on it. But will the stars align?

De Niro and Scorsese have been planning on a companion film to the organized crime tale, THE IRISHMAN. Um...what? The idea, according to De Niro, was to make a second film, "reminiscent of a kind of '8 1/2,' 'La Dolce Vita,' [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie a director and the actor based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them." This was back in April.

During press for LITTLE FOCKERS, De Niro spoke more on both films. He sounded doubtful that the companion film would actually happen, "We have a very good script that Steven Zaillian wrote, and that we're definitely doing," he said of the straight-forward IRISHMAN flick. "The other idea is more ambitious, to do one with Eric [Roth, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON] doing a flashback/flashforward kind of thing and to do two movies in one and then separate them as movies. I don't know if that will happen."

Okay, I think I've caught up now. They will most likely be doing THE IRISHMAN, but may not be able to pull off the second companion film. Alright, got it.

They are looking to start production next year. The story is based on the novel, "I Heard You Paint Houses" about "a World War II vet-turned-mob hitman with rumored ties to the assassinations of President Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa." De Niro confirmed that the dream team would be on board, "[W]e do have the one that we're definitely doing. Me, Joe Pesci, Pacino and Marty Scorsese directing."

De Niro is still hopeful about that second companion film, "I would like it to happen if we can get it going."

Extra Tidbit: Which do you prefer--CASINO or GOODFELLAS?
Source: MTV Movies Blog

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