De Niro talks two films in one Irishman
Confusing news came out last week from Robert De Niro, and I have to admit I really wasn't sure if it was news or not, but he revealed there was a film in production that we didn't think was before, and it seemed that the plan was to create two films in one.
While filming The Irishman with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese and he had planned to film a film within a film, a type of semi-biographical film about the director and the actor and their experiences together.
However it sounds like it might not make it to fruition, despite the fact that The Irishman is getting made.
"...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."
Surprisingly that was back in April, and it was something that I totally missed, recently though he revealed that Steve Zaillian has written a good script for The Irishman and the film was definitely happening.
The Irishman is based on the novel I Heard You Paint Houses (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which follows a World War II veteran who becomes a Mafia hitman. Rumours have it that the man was connected in some way to the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Jommy Hoffa.
However the idea of the second film, which Eric Roth was writing, is in some doubt, and its here where he seems to diverge from what was said previously.
"The other idea is more ambitious, to do one with Eric 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."
A film with flashbacks and flashforwards? I'm getting a little confused considering that the previous discussion was some form of semi-biographical look at Martin Scorsese and De Niro's experiences together and of making films in Hollywood.
I wonder if the filming during The Irishman was just a tiny part of it and the flashbacks and forwards were to leap around the other films they made? Perhaps, and another question would be how would they be able to make it?
If it was looking at the experiences of making films in Hollywood, I wonder how popular it would have been and if perhaps there just wouldn't be the appetite in Hollywood to see it made/? Maybe they struggled to find the funding while The Irishman was hitting all the right bells in Hollywood, gangster, Mafia, the perfect mix of director and stars, this is bankable, the other film not so much.