Friday, April 19, 2024

Scorsese- DeNiro Reunion Movie Biggest Deal Ever at Cannes: $50 Mil All Paid


Robert DeNiro was pretty happy last night at elegant rooftop cocktail party Harvey Weinstein threw for him. One reason was the movie “Hands of Stone,” in which DeNiro plays boxer Robert Duran’s coach and trainer Ray Arcel. Duran was also at the Albane club rooftop, where the women were the most fashionable I’ve ever seen. The sunset was dazzling, the weather was just right, DeNiro’s wife Grace wore Badgley Mishka, it was all good.

But DeNiro was also happy because “I Hear You Paint Houses,” aka “The Irishman,” is now fully financed. A movie I announced five years ago is now the biggest sale in Cannes history. Martin Scorsese will reunite with DeNiro and Joe Pesci. Al Pacino will join them. There may be a role for Harvey Keitel.

DeNiro told me: “I didn’t want to do it until it was right. And now it’s right.” Paramount will distribute the film which should be released in 2018.  STX, a relatively new player with lots of cash and ambition will make it. Fabirca de Cine will put up the dough.

Is this the greatest gangster movie of all time? Could be. And it concerns the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, one of the great mysteries in mob history.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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