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A former Delaware deputy AG’s true crime book gets the treatment from two Hollywood giants.
In his book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” Charles Brandt solved one of America’s most enduring crime mysteries—the disappearance of legendary labor boss Jimmy Hoffa.
Now Brandt, a former chief deputy attorney general, will see his work transformed into a two-part crime epic made by two of the genre’s best: Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
In 1991 Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran began unraveling to Brandt his tales about Hoffa, his career as a mob hitman, and even the role of organized crime in the JFK assassination. Sheeran, who ran a local teamsters union in Wilmington, was elderly and repentant when he confessed to putting two bullets in the back of Hoffa’s head. His associates told Sheeran Hoffa’s body was cremated.
“After that night, I told my law partner I got 80 percent of what happened to Hoffa, and Sheeran also knows something about Dallas, if you can believe it,” Brandt says.
Now the book will be adapted by two great fans. De Niro, who will portray Sheeran in the film, is a six-time Oscar nominee. Scorsese has been nominated seven times, winning for the crime drama “The Departed” in 2006. The pair have collaborated on eight films, including “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” “I Heard You Paint Houses”—mob code meaning “murder for hire”—will be their first film together since 1995’s “Casino.” The first film is slated for release in 2011.
“To have people of this caliber, it’s unbelievable,” Brandt says. “I’m very excited because of the quality of their work. They’re going to understand Frank Sheeran, and they’ll honestly portray him. While he did a lot of wrong in his life, he was a many-sided man with a lot of good qualities.” —Matt Amis
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