Over the weekend, Martin Scorsese’s much talked about mobster film THE IRISHMAN landed the biggest deal to come out of Cannes so far this year. STX Entertainment has acquired the international rights for the film at $50 million.
As expected, the title sparked a bidding war between the top studios including Universal, Fox and Lionsgate.
It seems as though STX isn’t being shy about nabbing titles at this year’s festival. Before they made the high-priced deal for the buzzworthy title, STX picked up Aaron Sorkin’s poker drama Molly’s Game for $9 million.
Specific details about The Irishman are being kept under wraps, but the film will be set in the 1970s and based on the hitman confessional I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. Steve Zallian adapted the book and the film will star Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. It will also mark the first collaboration between Scorsese and Pacino.
Scorsese’s upcoming historical drama Silence starring Liam Neeson and Adam Driver sold last year at Cannes. He also serves as executive producer of Vinyl on HBO.
He is repped by WME.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer