There’s already been lots of talk about Martin Scorsese’s latest mob movie in the making, The Irishman which is based on the Charles Brandt novel I Heard You Paint Houses. The plot centers around infamous Italian Mafia hitman Frank “The Irishman” who has long been associated with the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa.

The latest rumor to surface is that the film project could be coming together fast with talks of Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci all coming together to be in the movie. If things go according to plan, we might see the The Irishman on the market during the 2016 Cannes film festival.

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Deadline Reports:

There are believed to be a number of heavy-hitter international sales companies in the mix salivating for the opportunity to sell this. It is possible, we understand, that the final outcome could mean a major title is in the offing for buyers in Cannes, regardless of when it comes available.

Regardless, Paramount is handling domestic distribution (Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions about a year ago extended its overall feature deal with the studio).

Steve Zailian adapted the book for the screen. Sheeran was a member of the Bufalino crime family out of Pennsylvania and became a confidante of Hoffa. According to Sheeran’s story Hoffa was driven to a house near the Red Fox restaurant (where he was last seen) and shot twice in the back of the head in the hallway, then cremated in a mob-connected funeral home. Floor planks where Hoffa would have hit the floor were pulled up and tested for DNA over 10 years ago. Of the two good samples, the FBI could confirm nothing solid: one was inconclusive and the other only could reveal that it was a male. The rest is lore.

The name of the book comes from the first thing that Hoffa reportedly said to Sheeran: “I heard you paint houses,” which means when blood is splattered all over the floor and walls (“painting the house’) after a hit.

Scorsese’s next film is Silence which stars Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield and is based on a novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. The drama is about 17th Century Jesuit priests who are persecuted when they travel to Japan and try to teach their faith.

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