BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Fabrica De Cine has closed a deal with Paramount to finance and handle the domestic distribution of Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Charles Brandt’s I Heard You Paint Houses to a movie titled The Irishman. STX Entertainment has also reportedly bought the international rights to the movie for about $50 million after a fierce bidding competition with Universal, Fox, Lionsgate, IM Global and Bloom at Cannes.
“We could not be more excited or privileged to have secured the international rights to this incredible motion picture. Fabrica de Cine’s vision and support in putting together this film is incredible.
Martin Scorsese is one of the world’s most accomplished filmmakers and The Irishman is precisely the kind of premiere tentpole programming that will help distinguish STX as we continue to build our studio and especially our infrastructure overseas,” said STX international president David Kosse.
The movie will be written for the screen by award winning Steve Zaillian (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Schindler’s List) who worked with the director of the movie, Martin Scorsese on Gangs Of New York. The movie will star legends of mob drama Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino(who will be working with Martin for the first time).
I Heard You Paint Houses is an insight into the killing adventures of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a military trained hitman, over the years. The book is a product of nearly 5 years of recorded interviews Charles Brandt had with Frank on his deathbed. During the interview he confessed to him (Charles) that he handled several mob hits for mob bosses and his friend Jimmy Hoffa who he eventually turned on and killed on the orders of the Mafia. Frank Sheeran also confessed to being indirectly involved in the assassination of late US President, John F Kennedy.
Speaking enthusiastically about the movie, a Fabrica executive told Deadline , “This is a cinematic event that is likely never going to be repeated. It’s Scorsese back with De Niro. It’s Scorsese with Pacino for the first time. We strongly believe in the filmmakers’ ability. The decision about who to go with really has come down to who shared our vision for the film and really believed in it.”