What do Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese have in common? Give up? Well, in 1995 there was a little film known as “Casino” that most claim as their all-time favorite Scorsese film and to this day stands dust free, clean and pristine on the top shelves of many DVD owners and connoisseurs alike. If not “Casino”, then the trio’s other crime film collaboration named “Goodfellas” which also starred Ray Liotta, usually takes the cake for all-time favorite crime/gangster films. Both films were nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards and nothing has come quite close since they have worked together.
But then there was "Wolf of Wall Street". Scorsese’s newly-found collaboration buddy Leonardo DiCaprio starred in this film based off a true story that hit records at the box office. Seriously, this film was Scorsese’s highest grossing film of all time. We say all this to reveal another innovative alliance that has been recently confirmed by Robert De Niro himself in an interview with The New York Post.
"We have been trying to do [the film] for the last few years, and I think we will do it. It’s based on [the] book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’ by Charles Brandt. It’s about a guy who . . . confessed that he killed Hoffa and Joe Gallo. I’m gonna play that character. That’s something I’m looking forward to very much . . . I think it will [happen] . . . we’re really working towards making it happen."
The great thing about this will be that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will also star in the film alongside De Niro. Just to give readers some type of idea of what to expect, the specific reference to painting a house is a metaphor for the blood that can splatter on walls and floors when a violent murder is committed. Robert De Niro claimed that he is going to play Frank Sheeran, Al Pacino will play Hoffa, and Joe Pesci will play Russell Bufalino.
Here is some insight: Frank Sheeran is a man who, after serving World War II, came home and got involved with the Bufalino crime family. He confessed his involvement with over twenty-five murders for Hoffa including his role with the death of Crazy Joe Gallo and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
One Miami fan seen at a screening of "Wolf of Wall Street" at AMC Aventura enthusiastically declared "This has to be the best crime field of the decade!"
Scorsese wants to start production this year and De Niro is almost as excited as fans will be once more information becomes available. Speaking of which, welcome back the original “gangsters” of Hollywood as we follow the development of this film step by step and prepare to add another classic crime flick to the collection.
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