It’s been three years since Martin Scorsese last released a feature film — 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, he’s worked on HBO’s Vinyl and added over half a dozen projects to his calendar, ranging from biopics on Frank Sinatra, The Ramones, and Mike Tyson to documentaries about Bill Clinton and The Grateful Dead to his first-time collaboration with Al Pacino on The Irishman to the highly anticipated adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City starring his go-to boy Leonardo Di Caprio. In the midst of all that, however, he’s nearly finished his dream project, the 17th century Japan-set drama, Silence.
Starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ciaran Hinds, and Tadanobu Asano, the adaptation of Shüsaku Endō’s novel follows two Jesuit priests facing persecution for preaching Christianity in Japan while they seek out their mentor. The talent apparently shared quite a vested interest in the project, too, as they all worked for scale to get the movie out of Scorsese’s head and onto the screen. How nice, right? Very nice, especially since the entire production, which wrapped last May, went on for 14 weeks strictly in Taiwan. How Mr. Driver has any time anymore is beyond me.
Now, as Screen Daily reports, Paramount Pictures, who is handling distribution stateside (Studiocanal has UK rights), is eager to get this star-studded period piece out in November, naturally in time for Oscar season. So, if all goes accordingly, we could have another Oscar race with Marty in the running. But when will it surface on the festival circuit? As The Playlist wisely speculates, “Scorsese’s picture is not expected to be done in time for Cannes next month, so perhaps Venice or TIFF?” Fingers crossed.
In the meantime, Scorsese will appear next at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival, where they’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of his landmark film, Taxi Driver. Joining him will be stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd, along with screenwriter Paul Schrader, for a panel discussion moderated by Kent Jones. Perhaps, then, Scorsese will have more news about when and where we can finally see Silence.