Martin Scorsese Has Full Funding for 'Silence,' Shooting Next Week
After being in the works for about 20 years, Martin Scorsese finally has full funding to get his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence off the ground. Production was originally supposed to begin this past fall, but it took a little long to get all the money together to make it happen. Now Deadline reports Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have boarded the project as producers and are fully financing the film. The cast is also solidified with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano (though Ken Watanabe was once involved, he's no longer in the film). Production begins next week in Taiwan.
Scorsese couldn't be happier after tying to make this happen for so long:
“I’ve wanted to make 'Silence' for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality. It is heartening to have adventurous partners like Fabrica and SharpSword to work with on this picture.”
For those who haven't kept up with the long-gestating project, the film is set in the 17th century and focuses on two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor 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 (Neeson) amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church. Paramount Pictures is already on board to release the film in 2016, so while we have to wait a little longer, it should be worth it.
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
Awesome! Fun fact: Scorsese once considered becoming a priest himself.
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Breheny GBa on Jan 23, 2015
not sure the subject matter will sell at the box office but Scorsese deserves to get this movie made...big fan of Japanese culture so I cannot wait to see what he does with this.
desispeed on Jan 23, 2015
Excited and nervous for this one. Silence is one of my top 10 novels ever, and theres a lot of deep, introspective stuff going on that is going to be difficult to put to screen, but if anyone can do it, its scorsese.
jay on Jan 24, 2015
Liam going back to "The Mission".
Why? on Jan 24, 2015
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