Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's latest crime drama, has been selected to close the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, organizers announced Monday.
"I'm extremely honored to be having the international premiere of The Irishman at the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival," Scorsese said in a press release. "This picture was many years in the making. It's a project that Robert De Niro and I started talking about a long time ago, and we wanted to make it the way it needed to be made. It's also a picture that all of us could only have made at this point in our lives. We're all very excited to be bringing The Irishman to London."
The Irishman was also chosen to open the 57th New York Film Festival on Sept. 27. The adaptation of Charles Brandt's non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses tells the story about the criminal associations and ultimate disappearance of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.