Scorsese's 'Silence' & Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' Both Arrive in 2015
by Ethan Anderton
July 14, 2014
There's plenty of blockbuster action hitting in 2015, but there will also be plenty of sophisticated cinematic supplied next year as well. Two more have just been added to the mix as well. First up, it's Martin Scorsese's gestating adaptation of Silence. The film based on Shusaku Endo's novel of the same name stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver with production beginning this fall, and Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has picked up the film and will release it in theaters in November 2015. Without a doubt, the studio knows a Scorsese film like this is a prime Oscar contender.
For those who don't know, the story is set in the 17th century and follows a Portuguese Jesuit priest (Garfield) and his colleague (maybe Driver) who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Neeson) and to spread the gospel of Christianity. The period sees religious persecution running rampant with Christians forced to practice their faith in secret. Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church and Watanabe is playing his interpreter. Sounds like it could be great, especially coming from a director like Scorsese, who almost went to seminary school.
Secondly, the other promising awards contender for 2015 will be Babel director Alejando Gonzalez Iñárritu's next film The Revenant. Recently the film was having trouble locking down financing because the director wanted to soot the entire film in chronological order, and that cost more money than the original financier was willing to pay. But thankfully, the cinematic savior that is Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures banner stepped in to save the production for 20th Century Fox, and the studio will release it on December 25th, 2015 for some nice holiday family fun.
Actually, we mean that sarcastically, because the film is based on Michael Punke's western novel of the same name. Set in the 19th century, the film follows an 1820s frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a path of vengeance. While in the wilderness, a grizzly bear mauls Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, fatally, taking him to within inches of his life. But his fellow trappers (led by Tom Hardy) leave him behind, taking his gun and knife and leaving him for dead. After a miraculous survival over a two thousand mile trek, he returns to take revenge on those who left him to die alone in the woods. Will Poulter also recently joined the film, and it sounds fantastic. Stay tuned for more.