Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Martin Scorsese Says No to 'The Irishman' Being Turned Into TV Series

Martin Scorsese Says No to 'The Irishman' Being Turned Into TV Series

Scorsese agrees with us here at Collider that The Irishman should be viewed in one sitting.

The film is based largely around the 2003 book "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt, which told the story of Sheeran's life and his career with the mob. "I've never even thought of it. Because the point of this picture is the accumulation of detail", he told Entertainment Weekly. "It's wonderful. You can develop character and plot lines and worlds are recreated, but this wasn't right for that".

Already, Twitter is full of reviews - potentially prompted by the below tweet from Action Bronson, who makes a cameo in the movie as an (uncredited) coffin salesman.

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But if you're considering watching "The Irishman" in that way, just know that Scorsese is absolutely against the thought of digesting the cinematic masterpiece like a common television drama. The good news is that one of this season's most critically acclaimed dramas can be watched from the comfort of your own home.

While Netflix is notoriously closed-lipped when it comes to viewership data, "The Irishman" could see similar success as "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Move", another Netflix original, which the platform said averaged more than 6.5 million viewers in its weekend reveal. Now that The Irishman is finally available to stream, the conversation has turned toward its epic runtime - and some are arguing it would have worked better as a TV series. The almost four-hour Netflix production courses through the times of real life mobster Frank Sheeran, including his place at the front-lines of World War II, his initial introductions with the mafia, and, most importantly, his self-claimed involvement in the disappearance of Union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

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