Martin Scorsese is one of my favorite directors and is one of a handful of names I do a regular search for. I search to see what and how many projects are coming. I know full well one day we won't have the pleasure of seeing any more of his films, but until then he remains among the top of the directors' mountain. From the beginning to the present in his career, he's knocking films out of the park.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013) was his last film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Normally we can expect a Scorsese film about every two years, and this time he's stretching it to three. While "The Wolf of Wall Street" was well received and possesses several awards and nominations, it did show us a unique side of Scorsese, his comedic side. Not many of his films have such emphasis on humor.
Other notable Scorsese films include: "The Departed" (2006), "Shutter Island" (2010), "Casino" (1995), and "Goodfellas" (1990). Martin Scorsese is definitely one of the finest directors of all-time and this is cause for being aware of his next films and when they're coming.
This time, we get another unique story, in "Silence" starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Japanese star Asano Tadanobu about Jesuit priests in their efforts to evangelize to Japanese people in the seventeenth century. In Japan at this period of time has banned nearly all foreign influence, including religious restrictions. The film will tell a story written by Shusaku Endo, Japanese writer and actor best known for writing the novel "Silence" which was first made into a film in 1971 called "Chinmoku" ("Silence"), directed by Masahiro Shinoda. Endo, the novelist (1923-1996), was a minority Catholic in a Buddhist and Shinto nation and Scorsese, also a Catholic felt inspiration from the writer and his own experiences of religious discrimination in Japan.
For those who only know Andrew Garfield for the last two Spider-Man films, check out the "Red Riding Trilogy", specifically the film he shows up in: "In the Year of Our Lord 1974". Garfield's performance is outrageously good. The films are also some of the best films ever made. Do yourself the pleasure of experiencing all three films.
There have been a few images related to the film but not many looks into the project are available just yet. We know that this month is when Scorsese is to have the project wrapped up, which is amazing considering how many images haven't been leaked yet. Liam Neeson mentioned his portions of the filming were completed in April. The film was shot in Taiwan and Scorsese announced that he had prepared an early draft of the screenplay as far back as 1992.
Now, 71 years old, Martin Scorsese is chasing into his tender years which causes inconsiderate panic inside me. I never want to see him retire, and the older anyone gets, especially passing into their 70's causes me to wonder how far away retirement is. Quentin Tarantino has announced that he plans to shoot only 2 more films and ride off into the sunset, and if Tarantino, age 52, recently saying that "directing is a young man's game". Scorsese is far from a young man but seems to be doing just fine, but each film completed, in my mind, could be his last and it wouldn't be unreasonable.
Cherish Scorsese by having some sense of reverence and anticipation for his coming works!