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?