“The Irishman” is the working title of the film based on I Heard You Paint Houses. To “paint a house” is to whack a guy. The paint is the blood that spatters on the walls and floor. The movie is being directed by Martin Scorsese with a screenplay adaptation by Oscar-winner Steve Zallian. The all-star cast includes Robert DeNiro as Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, the Irishman’s mentor and friend. Sheeran said, “I’ll be a Hoffa man til they pat my face with a shovel and steal my cufflinks.” In at least two television interviews, Robert DeNiro who is co-producing with Martin Scorsese, said that he prefers keeping the book’s title for the film. The final title of the movie will be revealed in the future.
In either case, the movie was announced as the biggest film deal emerging from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and this mafia blockbuster film is already being touted as a potential Oscar contender. In 2009, Brandt had a four-hour meeting with Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Steve Zallian to advise on additional facts that have just now been revealed in Brandt’s new 57-page conclusion chapter to the recently released 2016 edition of I Heard You Paint Houses.