Robert De Niro is as shy and circumspect as his longtime collaborator, Martin Scorsese, is voluble and candid. They'll split the difference in a jointly authored memoir, to be published in late 2005, for which they'll receive $2 million from Harmony Books, the New York Post reports. The book will focus less on their personal lives than on the eight films they've made together over the last 30 years, which include such landmarks as ''Mean Streets,'' ''Taxi Driver,'' ''Raging Bull,'' and ''Goodfellas.''
''De Niro always said he would never do a memoir, but this he sparked to,'' said talent manager Alan Nevins, who pitched the project, in an interview with the Post. ''It's a little bit of a different kind of book. It's not a tell-all. It will only talk about things they've done together.'' Still, the paper reports, the actor and the director will write about their career highs and lows and other events that marked their personal friendship, such as how the pair helped each other when their fathers died.
The writing partnership should be easy, said Shaye Areheart, publisher at Harmony (an imprint of Random House's Crown Publishing Group). She told the Post that Scorsese said he and De Niro ''can finish each others' sentences and understand things that are not said.'' She said the director told her, ''It's like a professional marriage, and the offspring are the movies.''