Hollywood Teams: Irishman is Ninth Collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro

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

It 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.

The project originated in 2008 at Paramount with De Niro’s Tribeca Productions and De Niro’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal along with Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

The book title “I Heard You Paint Houses” comes from criminal slang for contract killings and the blood splatter on walls.

Brandt befriended Sheeran shortly before Sheeran died in 2003 and confessed to the killing of Jimmy Hoffa, carried out on orders from mob boss Russell Bufalino.

Hoffa disappeared in 1975 and was never found.

The Irishman marks Scorsese’s follow-up to Silence, a major flop for Paramount since opening on January 20.

The $46 million-budgeted historical drama has earned just $7 million domestically.

STX spent $50 million for international rights to The Irishman at last year’s Cannes Film Fest, and Paramount was still on board to distribute the title in North America.