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Will There be a ‘The Irishman’ Sequel?

November 27, 2019
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Over the course of Martin Scorsese’s long and illustrious career, the director has actively avoided sequels, instead opting to show new stories in his movies each time. However, there have been several great directors like Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola, who have not shied away from sequels at all when they felt that the movies demanded it. Thus, in the case of ‘The Irishman’, which might be considered as one of Scorsese’s finest works, the question ultimately boils down to whether the movie needs a sequel.

If you have seen ‘The Irishman’ you will know that it is a complete tale, which is hard not to achieve with a runtime of three and a half hours. Scorsese leaves no stones unturned, and thoroughly explores the psyche of a gangster, juxtaposing his greatness with loss, evoking the deepest of emotions in his movie.

Therefore, the chances of ‘The Irishman’ getting a sequel are extremely slim. That being said, it is not every day that you see Robert De Niro and Al Pacino teaming up together for a gangster movie that is helmed by Martin Scorsese. Thus, the star power itself could be enough to convince Netflix to try and greenlight a sequel. With that in mind, we bring you everything we know about ‘The Irishman 2’.

The Irishman 2 Plot: What Can It Be About?

Firstly, ‘The Irishman’ is a complete chronicling of the life of Frank Sheeran, from the time he starts off as a mob enforcer to when we see him contemplating his life after he pulls off what is probably the biggest hit of his career, the assassination of Jimmy Hoffa.

In the event that ‘The Irishman’ gets a sequel, the movie might chronicle the last days of his life. In this case, it would be along the lines of Scorsese’s recent release and might allow the director to further engage in ponderings about the existence of God, the validity of religion, and the possibility of forgiveness and redemption. However, we must keep in mind that the original story of ‘The Irishman’ comes from Frank Sheeran’s own accounts as recorded in ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’. Sheeran passed away in December 2003, a few months before the explosive book of his account of events came out.

Thus, if any sequel is made, it would be more along the lines of fiction with much more artistic license than ‘The Irishman’ had. Scorsese, who has not technically directed a war movie, if we leave out ‘The Big Shave’, could use this opportunity to take a deeper look into Sheeran’s army days, which apparently changed him and made the man much more liable to kill without remorse.

Other possible strands that Scorsese could explore would be the rise of the Bufalino family, and why Russell was so respected among all the mob bosses. The director wonderfully touches upon the assassination of Albert Anastasia, that was actually orchestrated by the head of the Genovese family, and his underboss. Anastasia’s public execution made waves in the mob world and took place at a time when the families in New York were having tussles for power.

Scorsese has never depicted the five families in all their grandeur, at the peak. ‘The Irishman’ would be a good jumping point for the director to return to his favorite genre of gangster movies once again. Moreover, comprehensive texts exist on the Five Families, including Selwyn Raab’s “Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires”. While this would be more of a spin-off rather than a sequel, Scorsese could end up considering it.

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The Irishman 2 Cast: Who Can Be In It?

The cast of ‘The Irishman 2’ depends not only on the direction the movie takes but also whether the actors are willing to come back for a sequel. This is what happens when so many big names are attached to the project. Joe Pesci had to come out of retirement for Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’, so we are quite sure the actor will not be returning for a sequel. If we see more of Sheeran’s life, it is not necessary that De Niro return too, since we could see his youth, where Scorsese might cast someone else.

On the other hand, if we see Jimmy Hoffa’s life and ascension to the position of leader in the Teamsters Union, Al Pacino could be back, with a little help from de-aging technology.

The Irishman 2 Crew: Who Can Be Behind It?

If the sequel to ‘The Irishman’ is made, Martin Scorsese might not even be attached to direct, though we cannot fathom that he would give up the control of the sequel without being attached in some capacity. He could be a producer or executive producer, but we would love to see him back in the director’s chair. If Scorsese is directing, you can be sure that Thelma Schoonmaker, a longtime collaborator, will be editing the movie.

Netflix will, of course, try to be on board as the platform that distributes the film.

The Irishman 2 Release Date: When Can It Premiere?

If ‘The Irishman 2’ is greenlit, and it is a BIG IF, the movie will not come out before 2023 or 2024, depending on Martin Scorsese’s health, that far into the future. This is primarily because Scorsese already has a project lined up, titled ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. The director will focus all his attention on the new project and be glad for now that the long-planned movie, ‘The Irishman’, has finally reached audiences.

The Irishman 2 Trailer:

‘The Irishman 2’ does not have a trailer yet, but you can check out the trailer for the first movie below.

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