Martin Scorsese's next film is coming to Netflix. 'The Irishman' is an adaptation of Charles Brandt's book 'I Heard You paint Houses' and stars longtime Scorsese collaborator Robert De Niro as mob hitman Frank Sheeran.
The film was reportedly slated for Paramount, but the studio decided it was too risky a venture. Hence Netflix swooped in and snapped it up.
It's pretty much a guaranteed hit, with cinematic legends like Scorsese and De Niro involved. It will be their first proper collaboration since 1995's 'Casino'.
De Niro will reportedly be made to look younger using digital technology in order to play a younger Sheeran.
With even Oscar winners like Scorsese turning to streaming services to get their output noticed, it seems the days of the major studios may be numbered. Services like Netflix offer directors and artists so much more freedom, it's easy to see why increasingly they're the first choice for creative talent.
Still, it would be a shame for a new Scorsese film to miss out on a cinema release. Let's hope Netflix screens it on the silver screen too, as it has done with previous projects like the Idris Elba vehicle 'Beasts of No Nation.'