‘The Irishman’: Read Steve Zaillian’s Screenplay For Netflix’s Martin Scorsese Mob Epic

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‘The Irishman’: Read Steve Zaillian’s Screenplay For Netflix’s Martin Scorsese Mob Epic
Exclusive: Martin Scorsese’s epic 3 1/2-hour-plus The Irishman has been at the forefront of the Oscar conversation since its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in September. It was borne from the 145-page shooting script from Steve Zaillian, the four-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter who won the Academy Award in 1994 for Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. The mob epic also reteams the writer and director who previously made Gangs of New York.

Zaillian adapted The Irishman from Charles Brandt’s 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses and is based on Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a hitman for Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci), who gets caught between the interests of Bufalino and union chief Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

New digital wizardry from Ilm allowed De Niro to portray the mob soldier across the entire second half of the 20th century, as Zaillian’s plot stretches between 1949 and 2000. The scope, the talent
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