They’re bringing gangster back as they collaborate for 2019-scheduled Netflix movie The Irishman.
And old pals Robert De Niro and Al Pacino looked beyond thrilled to have reunited, alongside director Martin Scorsese whom De Niro has worked with on mob projects in the past.
The film is based on real-life hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran – written about in the book I Heard You Paint Houses.
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Goodfellas on Heat: Old pals Robert De Niro [R], Al Pacino [L], Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese shared a joke as they returned to their gangster movie roots on the set of drama The Irishman in New York
Colleagues: De Niro has joined forces with Scorsese on Goodfellas, Casino and Raging Bull
De Niro, 74, has worked with Pacino, 77, on both Heat, 1995, and Righteous Kill, 2008, while he has joined forces with Scorsese, 74, on Casino in 1995, GoodFellas in 1990 and Raging Bull in 1980.
Joe Pesci, 74, also appeared with De Niro the same trio of Scorsese films and is also appearing in The Irishman.
The true crime drama is based around the Charles Brandt written book, which centers around the disappearance of mob boss Jimmy Hoffa.
It also stars Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin and Jack Huston.
Timeless trio: Old pals Robert De Niro and Al Pacino looked beyond thrilled to have reunited, alongside director Martin Scorsese whom De Niro has worked with on mob projects in the past
He’s arrived: Pacino was seen shooting a scene that saw he arriving to a house in a red car
Larking around: De Niro fiddled with his director’s head-wear
Funny guys: The old friends and colleagues were spotted chuckling with each other
De Niro and Pacino were seen shooting the scenes outside a New York property, appearing to have a tiff outside on the porch.
Scorsese waded onto the front lawn in a straw hat to give direction, with De Niro fiddling with the head-wear, leaving the old friends and colleagues chuckling with each other.
On Monday crews were spotted on New York’s Randall’s Island filming an assassination scene for the mob movie but none of the stars seemed to be present.
It was recently revealed that De Niro will earn $775,000 per episode of an upcoming Untitled David O. Russell TV project for Netflix’s rival Amazon, according to Variety.
Old pros: De Niro and Pacino appeared in 2008 in Righteous Kill
Gangsters: De Niro and Pesci appeared in 1990s Goodfellas
Getting serious: De Niro starred as Jimmy Conway, one of the most respected men in organised crime – pictured here with Goodfellas director Scorsese
Scorsese was attached to direct The Irishman from as far back as 2014 when Pacino confirmed that the film was in development.
He said that it would be Scorsese’s next project after Silence.
Originally, the movie was looking to shoot in 2016 with Steve Zaillian penning the adaptation, but it was pushed back.
In May 2016, it was announced that the film’s rights would be offered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, while Mexican producer Fábrica de Cine had offered $100 million to finance the film.
True crime: The film is based on real-life hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran – written about in the book I Heard You Paint Houses
Freindly fued: De Niro and Pacino were seen shooting the scenes outside a New York property, appearing to have a tiff outside on the porch
Grump: Pacino was seen seeing De Niro off the property in front of a vintage car
He later dropped out thanks to the movie’s constantly climbing budget which led to the distributing company, Paramount, dropping their involvement.
Netflix then bought the film for $105 million and agreed to finance the film’s hefty $125 million budget with a release date set for next year.
It’s rumoured that Pesci turned down the offer to be in the movie 50 times before agreeing to take part.
The movie is set to wrap filming in December 2017.
Instructions: Scorsese waded onto the front lawn to give direction
On set: Scorsese wore a straw hat as he walked the movie stars through their scene