8 films together, and now a book

Times Staff Writer

Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro are about to collaborate again. Not around the movie camera this time, but in front of the typewriter, as they co-write a joint memoir looking back at their mutual film exploits.

The book, currently untitled, will be published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House Inc., in fall 2005 and will recount anecdotes from the making of the eight films the two have worked on together since 1973: “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear” and “Casino.”

Although both men grew up in the same New York neighborhood, they never met until 1970 and began working together shortly thereafter.

The famously shy De Niro, who gained notoriety playing violent characters in Scorsese’s films, will discuss career achievements with the director, including a best actor Oscar for “Raging Bull,” and disappointments, such as the reception of “The King of Comedy.”


They will also talk about the loss of their fathers and how their creative and personal friendship has grown and deepened over the years.