Well, it’s not much of a surprise but it is good news.
Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” will open the New York Film Festival on September 27th. The long awaited movie, starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, is based on the book “I Hear You Paint Houses.” It’s all about what may have happened to Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared in July 1975 and is rumored to be part of the concrete foundation of Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands.
Jack Nicholson played Hoffa in the movie of the same name, directed by Danny DeVito, in 1992.
I already see online stories about this movie and the book aren’t accurate, blah blah blah. OK, get out of your systems now. This is a MOVIE. Not a documentary. No one knows what happened to Hoffa. But Scorsese et al are going to make the story mighty entertaining.
Good work, Kent Jones, head of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
PS “The Irishman” comes from Netflix, which as Scorsese said last year, was the only studio who wanted to pay for it. Thank you, Netflix.
And: the title song for the movie has just been released, by SUPERSTARS Robbie Robertson and Van Morrison. Will compete with Elton John (twice), Beyonce, Chrissy Metz and Diane Warren (from “Breakthrough”) for Best Song.