Peter Bart: A Memoir Coming, Irwin Winkler Burnishes His Legend By Bringing Scorsese, De Niro & Pacino To Netflix For ‘The Irishman’

Peter Bart: A Memoir Coming, Irwin Winkler Burnishes His Legend By Bringing Scorsese, De Niro & Pacino To Netflix For ‘The Irishman’
In January 2013, Martin Scorsese assembled the cast of his projected next movie, titled The Irishman, for a read-through of the shooting script. Their names — De Niro, Pacino and Pesci – did not resonate as “Irish.” Moreover, the actors, all in their 70s, would play ages 30 to 80 with the help of newly developed technology. The movie would likely be the most expensive non-superhero movie of the year — that is, if it found financing.

And that, the cast knew, was largely in the hands of producer Irwin Winkler, whose recent adventures in funding pictures had been more suspenseful than the plots of his films. Since Winkler has been defying the odds for some 50 years, it’s no surprise that The Irishman will finally get its release this fall, albeit seven years after the reading. The final cost is rumored to approach $140 million, due to its multiple locations set in different periods – a total
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