In exciting news, Martin Scorsese has wrapped filming on his latest feature, The Irishman, which is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses. It tells the story of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, and stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. In less exciting news, it’s still not being released until the end of 2019.
Why? Well the film is going to have a lot of post-production work, mainly in regards to the digital effects work that is intended to de-age De Niro and co., as the film is set in two time periods. While we’ve come a long way in de-ageing technology, it still takes a long time and isn’t an easy process.
The other factor is that Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker take their time during the process, routinely taking around a year in the editing room, something which has clearly paid off in the past.
So the film is still on track for 2019, but it’s almost assured that it will be late next year, as Netflix is likely planning a major awards push for what is reportedly on track to be the most expensive Scorsese film ever. The director posted this on his Instagram page:
So, filming has wrapped, but we still must play the waiting game. Hopefully it’s be worth the long wait.