Martin Scorsese is making Silence. Director Martin Scorsese has finally received backing for a dream project he’s been trying to fund for over 20 years. The film Silence, based on the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo, is set to begin filming on the 30th of January and includes a star-studded cast of Hollywood A-listers.
It’s strange to think that someone like Martin Scorsese has trouble finding backers for his projects. After all, he is easily one of Hollywood’s most coveted directors. Yet Silence has been stuck in developmental hell for years. All the ingredients for the project were already there. Locations had been scouted, actors had been selected, and a screenplay had been written. All that was needed, was the money to finance the project.
That was the case, until, Fabrica De Cine, and Sharpsword films stepped in ready to make Scorsese’s dream a reality. So far, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver have been attached to the film.
Jay Cocks, a Scorsese regular, is responsible for the screenplay. The film is a piece of historic fiction, largely set in Portugal but transitioning to other regions such as Japan. The film tells the story of a young Portugese Jesuit (Garfield) who travels, accompanied by a fellow priest (Driver), to Japan to find out whether his mentor (Neeson) has left the church.
The English translation of Endo’s book is available in most retail outlets and includes a foreword by Scorsese himself.
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