If you're the aficionado of Martin Scorsese cinema I'm sure you have heard of the project, Silence – a passion project, as they say, for which he has waited 20 years.
Silence, based on the Shûsaku Endô novel, centers on young Portuguese Jesuits Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francis Garrpe (Adam Driver), who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor, Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson). The latter is rumored to have abdicated Christianity, something Rodrigues could never believe.
The image, thanks to Mathieu Roy, was posted on Twitter about a week ago in Taiwan, where they are currently filming. Mathieu was an assistant to Scorsese twelve years ago when he was making The Aviator – now a filmmaker, he is documenting the making of Silence for Scorsese's personal archives. Cameras began rolling for this historical drama on January 30th, a week after it locked down funding with SharpSword Films and Fabrica de Cine. According to Variety, the companies will be managing the production under joint entity FM Films. Gaston Pavlovich will produce with executive producers Dale Brown, Matthew Malek and Tyler Zacharia. Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff will also produce with Randall Emmett, Irwin Winkler and Barbara DeFina. George Furla and Chad Verdi will exec produce.
“I’ve wanted to make ‘Silence’ for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality,” Scorsese said. “It is heartening to have adventurous partners like Fabrica and SharpSword to work with on this picture.”
Paramount Pictures, which released the three previous successful films of Scorsese, (The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo and Shutter Island) has scheduled Silence for a 2016 release.
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