Martin Scorsese Says SILENCE Will Be His Next Film…Again; Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino Read for THE IRISHMAN

     January 18, 2013


Director Martin Scorsese has only just begun to dive into post-production on his financial drama The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, but he’s already looking ahead to his next project.  The filmmaker has been developing an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence for 15 years, and is now adamant that the 17th century Jesuit priest drama will be his next film.  Of course Scorsese said the same thing after wrapping Hugo, only to make Wolf of Wall Street his follow-up project instead (much to the chagrin of his investors).

Scorsese is apparently auditioning actors and looking to finally begin production on Silence in mid-2014, after the release (and presumably awards campaign) of Wolf of Wall Street this fall.  Silence isn’t the only project that Scorsese is actively developing to direct, though, and there was recently some forward movement on the mob drama The Irishman.  Hit the jump for more details.

martin-scorsese-silenceIn addition to Silence, a Frank Sinatra biopic, and a handful of other projects, Scorsese has also had his eye on directing an adaptation of the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses for quite a while.  The book chronicles the life of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who supposedly murdered Jimmy Hoffa.  Robert De Niro has long been attached to star in the film adaptation, The Irishman, with Joe Pesci and Al Pacino rumored to be involved, and Deadline reports that Scorsese recently held a reading of the Steven Zaillian script with De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino all in attendance.

Apparently Scorsese likes to hold these script readings in order “to make sure the picture is making proper progress.”  Paramount is onboard to produce the film, but other financiers were also in attendance at the reading who are looking to possibly invest in the film.  With Silence not getting underway until mid-2014, though, it sounds like the earliest we could see The Irishman going into production is sometime in 2015, likely in the latter half.  With this kind of pedigree, I’m inclined to believe the film will be well worth the wait.

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  • jackd.

    Pleaaase God! Make ”Irishman” happen!

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  • Mike

    Not super interested in Silence but I am dyyyyinng for new on The Irishman! I also read an article that Harvey Keitel was going to be involved in the irishman with pesci, de niro, and pacino. I don’t know if that’s true but I hope it is.

  • potterboy

    i’m scared that one of these days. Marty, or De Niro, or Pacino, or Pesci dies. fuck!

  • Dominik Klein

    Well, I am always up for more Marty. He is the only one of the 4 “Movie-Brats” (Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese) who still makes 90% good to great movies, the only one who never got really bad. I have to say, even with Daniel Day Lewis beeing presumably attached to “Silence” the premise of the film doesent intrigue me very much. I am somehow getting “Kundun-Vibes” from that one, which isent exactly a good thing in my book. But because of the company performing that stupid sueing-stunt when Marty started to work on “Hugo” and then even had the guts to do “Wall Street” next I guess he is now definatly forced to finally do “Silence” if he doesent want his ass get sued big time. Apparantly Marty commited to do “Silence” a long time ago and now after over a decade the company finally asks Scorsese to fulfill his commitmend.

    “The Irishman” does sound great. It sounds like right-up the Scorsese-Alley of ye olden days. And it has DeNiro (finally back with Marty), Pacino, Pesci and Keitel all attached. I mean, seriously, a GANGSTER FILM starring DeNiro, Keitel, Pacino and Pesci DIRECTED by Scorsese. This is like a match made in heaven, its too good to get trapped dead in development hell. This needs to happen.

    Problem here of course is this: Even though Scorsese, DeNiro, Pesci, Pacino and Keitel are all as great and awesome and surely talented as they ve ever been, there is no denying that they are all (no offense) old-ass man. Old as fook to be precise. I dont wanna be the devils advocat and say that one of them will die until 2015 or 2016, that doesent need to happen giving that Kirk freaking Douglas is still walking the earth…But it very well could happen that for one of them age demands its tribute and they might not be in the condition to appear in a film or do a bigger acting job.

    Well, I do not know how theere health is right now. Scorsese appears on camera and in interviews quite alot since he is always working on a film which he then starts promoting and it looks like he is doing quite well. Robert DeNiro appears to be a bit worn out and tired but I dont think the Grim Reaper is anywhere near him just yet. He was quite vital in Silver Linings Playbook. With Pacino, Pesci and Keitel I have no idea. Are they still rolling full steam, are they weak, ill whatever? Pesci basically retired from acting 20 years ago, I would be very happy if “The Irishman” is is last big hurrah.

    Well, we ll see. But if “The Irishman” doesnt happen beacuse someone drops put due to age it will forever feel like a wasted and lost masterpiece.

  • angel torres

    I agree with Potterboy’s post. the longer they take, the older these guys get. we’ve seen great mafia movies but never one with the 3 (Pesci, DeNiro, Pacino) in the same film. sort of like an Expendables of mafia movies. throw in Harvey keitel and Ray Liotta and Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore and so on and so on. But they need to hurry. I read this doesn’t go into production until 2015 for a 2016 release? c’mon, get it made now so we can enjoy it for a while and not enjoy it for a few days before the actual death of one of these old guys.

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  • tony

    Don’t worry..These actors are not going to die…They are all in their 60′s…they will make it deep into their 70′s and 80′s….Not to worried about that..But the IRISHMAN needs to be number 1. A movie with those kinds of actors and arty directing, is complete gold…Gold in every sense.

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