Scorsese Finally Moves Forward with Silence

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The ever-busy Martin Scorsese has just added another film to his schedule, although this particular project has been associated with the director for quite some time. The movie is called Silence and it will tell the story of two Jesuit priests who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan during the 17th century. If that plot doesn’t sound like the most commercial of stories, that could explain why financing hasn’t come together until now. As it stands, the film will be produced by Emmett/Furla Films (Alex Cross, Broken City) and Paul Breuls and his company Corsan Films (The Devil’s Double). Supposedly Scorsese will be at the Cannes Film Festival in the next few weeks and will officially “launch” the movie there, meaning that we could have additional information on the production soon. As it stands right now, a July 2014 shoot is planned.

Silence has been known to be one of Scorsese’s biggest passion projects, which has been made clear based on his persistence to get it made despite the many obstacles he has met in financing it over the years. We’ve seen him tackle religious themes throughout his career, including The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun, so he’s not in uncommon territory. One of the big questions regarding the film will, naturally, be the casting of the leads, especially since the film seems like it would be more of a performance piece. There have been several actors attached over the years, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal, so perhaps we will find out if any of them will still be on board soon. What are your thoughts on Martin Scorsese choosing Silence as his next film?

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  • kyri

    wow the concept sounds amazing..

  • La Menthe

    FUUUUUUUUUUUCK You scared me! Last night I dreamt that I was watching the news, where it was reported that Scorsese had died. So when I visited Filmjunk, saw a pic of the man, and read the title “Scorsese Finally Moves Forward with Silence”, my heart nearly stopped.

  • ^That is truly a scary thought. He’s getting up there, too…

  • Sam

    First time I bothered to read a synopsis of this movie despite hearing about the title for a while.

    Didn’t realize it was a remake, or actually I suppose another adaptation based on the same novel as Masahiro Shinoda’s 1971 movie of the same name.

    Will be interesting to see Scorsese’s adaptation of it.