While the film doesn't sound like a drama about organized crime, I Heard You Paint Houses definitely has a cast and crew that support the idea. Scorsese plus De Niro equals organized crime.
We should've known!
Scorsese and De Niro Team for I Heard You Paint Houses
Scribe Steve Zaillian has been picked up by Paramount Pictures to adapt the novel about the mob assassin who many believe was involved in the death of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.
As you might have guessed, Martin Scorsese will direct while Robert De Niro will star. De Niro will play Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran, who is reputed to have carried out more than 25 mob murders.
I Heard You Paint Houses was written by Charles Brandt, who uses the story's title to refer to the mob slang for contract killings, and the resulting blood splatter on walls and floors.
Sheeran confessed to Brandt all the crimes described in the book, including the killing and dismemberment of Hoffa, carried out on orders from mob boss Russell Bufalino.
Steve Zaillian has got some experience with adaptations such as this. The scribe recently scripted American Gangster and was a co-writer of Scorsese's Gangs of New York. Zaillian also won an Oscar for his Schindler's List script.