Netflix has just purchased the worldwide rights to "The Irishman", a film that reunites Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel are both signed on, with Martin Scorsese directing. Based on true events the film is an adaptation of the Charles Brandy book "I Heard You Paint Houses," which looks at mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (played by De Niro), who allegedly told Brandy for the book that he killed Jimmy Hoffa (played by Pacino). The cost to reunite some of the world's best actors? Between $105 and $120 million bucks for the rights; another $120 million to make the movie.
The actors have starred in past films together, however this will be the first time all involved will be working simultaneously in a film. This will be the first time Al Pacino will work with Scorsese
The Netflix deal will allow them to share the film to their 93 million subscribers and will surely boost their subscriptions. The word is that the Netflix people started negotiations with Scorsese after Paramount Pictures dropped out of the project. A spokesman said "Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants".
Before shooting gets underway, Scorsese and his reps will have to untangle a series of foreign-sales deals that were put in place before Netflix's involvement. In 2016, STX Entertainment made a $50 million deal for international rights with a Mexican financier, who coincidentally was a producer on Scorsese's last picture, Silence. STX in turn sold various rights to foreign distributors. Now STX likely will have to move aside or make a legal claim.