After 20-years of trying to get this passion project made, Martin Scorsese’s next film ‘Silence’ begins shooting this January. The director has found backers for the film with Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films agreeing to fully finance and produce the project. The current begin date for the film in January 30 with a tentative November 2015 release date. This release date was announced by Paramount but now there are reports that the film will actually be released sometime in 2016
The film tells the story of two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their mentor who has abandoned the church. The film takes place in the 17th-century when Japan was very isolated and not welcoming to outsiders, leading to the main character being persecuted. The two priests will be portrayed by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver with the mentor being portrayed by Liam Neeson. The film has also been adapted from the Shusaku Endo novel by screenwriter Jay Cocks. He has previously worked with Scorsese of ‘Gangs of New York’ and ‘The Age of Innocence’.
See what Martin Scorses had to say about the film being financed after the jump.
“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.”
‘Silence’ comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. The film is directed by Martin Scorsese.