Robert De Niro says he is reuniting with veteran director Martin Scorsese for a long-planned mobster movie called I Heard You Paint Houses aka The Irishman next year.

Speaking to UK site Digital Spy, De Niro said: "We are doing it . . . We should be doing it sometime next year. We're slowly, slowly getting it in place." 

Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are also tipped to star in the new movie, which is based on a book by author Charles Brandt called I Heard You Paint Houses: The Story Of The Biggest Mob Hit In History.

The book tells the real-life story of notorious mobster hitman Frank 'the Irishman' Sheeran, who will be played De Niro. Brandt explains, "To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the wall and floors.

In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend [Teamsters International President Jimmy] Hoffa."

Speaking recently on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, De Niro said of the project: "We have been trying to do [the film] for the last few years, and I think we will do it. It's about a guy who . . . confessed that he killed [Jimmy] Hoffa and [infamous New York gangster] Joe Gallo. I'm gonna play that character. That's something I'm looking forward to very much."

De Niro and Scorsese have had a long and fruitful working relationship, beginning in 1973 with Mean Streets and continuing with such cinema landmarks as Taxi DriverGoodfellas and Raging Bull. This will be their first movie together since The Audition, a 2015 promo film.

De Niro's latest film The Intern is in cinemas tomorrow, October 2.