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Robert De Niro has confirmed that his long-planned Scorsese collaboration, I Heard You Paint Houses, is set to shoot next year.

De Niro revealed the news to Digital Spy while promoting his latest film, The Intern, with Anne Hathaway.

“We are doing it… We should be doing it sometime next year,” De Niro said. “We’re slowly, slowly getting it in place.”

This is great news for anyone who’s a fan of their previous work together, whether it’s Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, Raging Bull, Casino or the film that started it all, Mean Streets.

What’s more, the plan is to bring Al Pacino and Joe Pesci along for the ride, making this gangster movie a who’s who of seasoned big screen wise guys. What a cast this is!

The project, also known as The Irishman, is based on a book by author Charles Brandt called I Heard You Paint Houses: The Story Of The Biggest Mob Hit In History.

The book revolves around notorious mobster hitman Frank ‘the Irishman’ Sheeran (who De Niro is set to play): “To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the wall and floors.

“In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend [Teamsters International President Jimmy] Hoffa.”

Recently, De Niro has only had the following to say about the planned film, revealed on a recent visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:

“We have been trying to do [the film] for the last few years, and I think we will do it.

“It’s about a guy who… confessed that he killed [Jimmy] Hoffa and [infamous New York gangster] Joe Gallo.

“I’m gonna play that character. That’s something I’m looking forward to very much…”

With production, as De Niro puts it, still going “slowly, slowly”, there are no confirmed dates for I Heard You Paint Houses just yet.