×

Cannes: STX Lands Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

STX has landed the big prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market, plunking down roughly $50 million for international rights to Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

The true-life crime drama will reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995’s “Casino.” It will also mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. Joe Pesci may join the project, but the actor is not yet attached, according to sources.

Paramount will distribute the title in North America. The pact is the biggest of this year’s Cannes and one of the priciest deals in recent history. It required a Herculean effort from producer Gaston Pavlovich’s Fabrica de Cine to pull the $100 million project out of turnaround at Paramount in time for Cannes.

As Variety reported on Friday, STX was one of several studios circling the project; the others included Lionsgate and Universal, with Warner Bros. also expressing interest. Sales companies such as Alex Walton’s Bloom and Stuart Ford’s IM Global were in the hunt, as well.

The Irishman” is based on the Charles Brandt book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which is the deathbed confession from mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran about his role in the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian adapted the book for the screen and a script has been circulating to buyers for several years.

Mexican producer and financier Fabrica de Cine is working with Scorsese on his $50 million religious drama, “Silence.” It will get released later this year by Paramount Pictures, which is planning an awards push.

It has been a busy Cannes for STX. The studio also shelled out $9 million for U.S. and Chinese rights to “The Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut “Molly’s Game.” The story of a high-stakes poker ace will star Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba.

Deadline first reported that a sale had closed.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • This photo shows actor David Oyelowo

    David Oyelowo Joins George Clooney in 'Good Morning, Midnight' Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

    David Oyelowo is in final negotiations to join George Clooney in Netflix’s untitled adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel “Good Morning, Midnight,” sources tell Variety. Felicity Jones and Kyle Chandler are also on board, with Clooney set to helm the pic — his first feature film directing gig since 2017’s “Suburbicon.” “The Revenant” screenwriter Mark [...]

  • Disney Delays 'Cruella,' 'Woman in the

    Disney Delays 'Cruella,' 'Woman in the Window'

    Disney is shaking up its release calendar, delaying its live action “Cruella” until Memorial Day 2021 and pushing Fox 2000 drama “The Woman in the Window” to 2020. “Cruella,” starring Emma Stone, is based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil. The revisit to Disney’s animated classic was originally set to hit theaters [...]

  • Spider-Man Could Leave the Marvel Cinematic

    Spider-Man Could Leave MCU if Disney, Sony Can't Reach Financing Deal

    Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have hit an impasse on new financing terms for upcoming Spider-Man movies, sources have told Variety. If a deal cannot be reached, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will not produce future Spider-Man films, effectively removing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reps for Disney, Marvel and Sony [...]

  • Australia Makes Progress on Gender Equality

    Australia Makes Progress on Gender Equality in Film and TV

    Screen Australia, Australia’s federal film and TV funding body, has made sufficient progress in furthering gender equality that it has set more ambitious targets. The organization has exceeded its long-term Gender Matters key performance indicator, with 56% of projects receiving production funding having at least half of the key creative roles occupied by women, based [...]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski, during the ceremony award

    Pawel Pawlikowski on the Power of Making Movies With ‘Barbarians at the Gate’

    Academy Award winner Pawel Pawlikowski says he’s watching “with horror” as political developments increasingly divide countries across the globe, and admits that he’s reluctant to take a stab at documenting modern life after the success of his two critically acclaimed period dramas, foreign-language Oscar winner “Ida” and thrice-nominated “Cold War.” “I don’t have a hook [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content