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Netflix Finances Most Expensive Martin Scorsese Film “The Irishman”

Netflix Finances Most Expensive Martin Scorsese Film "The Irishman"

The prolific filmmaker, Martin Scorsese, who is known for mobster films, is reported to be releasing his new movie titled, “The Irishman,” by the autumn of 2019.

The movie is the screenplay adaptation of the book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” by crime novelist, Charles Brandt.

“The Irishman” features a star-studded cast led by Hollywood veteran actor, Robert De Niro, who portrays Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.

The film centers on the life of Sheeran as a self-confessed hitman who had strong links to the mafia organization. He admitted having murdered Jimmy Hoffa, a mobster kingpin.

The gangster drama involves De Niro as Sheeran who pensively looked back as his life choices.

As the main character reflects on his past, Scorsese thought it best that his inter-generational mafia film presents the septuagenarian actors as their younger selves.

The Hollywood director’s ambitious idea is certainly costly because it would require the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Netflix is interested in Scorsese’s latest movie project. Hence, it has agreed to shell out an estimated $140-million budget to complete “The Irishman.”

The funding would mostly cover the de-aging technology, youthifying the characters.

Hence, the cast, which also includes seasoned Hollywood superstars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, will appear in their younger and older editions of themselves.

Scorsese’s long-time editor for over 50 years, Thelma Schoonmaker, shared that “The Irishman” is, indeed, a very expensive movie project.

She cited that a considerable amount of budget was required because of the extraordinary editing procedures and the heaviness of visual effects employed in completing the film.

Taking the primary cast to their glory days as youthful men, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) has been tapped to perform the digital de-aging of the actors in the film.

This Hollywood visual effects establishment was founded by “Star Wars” filmmaker, George Lucas.

The company was also responsible for the de-aging effects in Marvel movies like “The Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” “Ant-Man,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Schoonmaker mentioned that Scorsese had tried for a long time to make “The Irishman” a reality. However, plenty of film studios were reluctant to finance the big-budget movie project.

The expensive financial estimate for producing “The Irishman” has, apparently, prevented Scorsese from making the movie until Netflix stepped in to help.

According to Sebastian Maniscalco who plays as an iconic mafia boss, Joe “Crazy Joe” Gallo in the movie, “The Irishman” is expected to be available on Netflix in October.

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