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

The Oscar-winning director has responded to some viewers' suggestion to split the three-and-a-half hour movie into limited series, reasoning that limited series was not right for it.

AceShowbiz - Director Martin Scorsese is rejecting the idea his film "The Irishman" would have been better suited as a limited series due to its long run time.

The new mob drama, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, hit streaming service Netflix on Wednesday, November 27, after a limited theatrical run, but at three-and-a-half hours, some viewers have taken to social media to suggest treating the movie like a series and splitting it up into multiple sittings.

However, Scorsese, who previously executive produced TV drama "Vinyl", is urging fans not to be tempted to do such a thing, because it would alter the way the story is presented onscreen.

"You could say, 'This is a long story, you can play it out over two seasons' - I saw somebody mention that (online)," Scorsese told Entertainment Weekly. "Absolutely no. I've never even thought of it. Because the point of this picture is the accumulation of detail."

"A series is great, it's wonderful, you can develop character and plot lines and worlds are recreated. But this wasn't right for that," he explained.

"The Irishman" is based on Charles Brandt's 2004 book, "I Heard You Paint Houses", about real-life union official-turned-mafia hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran.

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