Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE Targeted for November 2015 Release Date as Paramount Acquires Distribution

     July 14, 2014


Things are firming up for Martin Scorsese’s next film, his long-developed passion project Silence.  The filmmaker has been working on an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel for years and is finally gearing up to begin production this year with Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ken Watanabe, and Liam Neeson set to star, and now Deadline reports that Paramount is in talks to acquire the pic for a planned November 2015 release.  The Silence release date puts the film right in the heart of awards season.

The story takes place in 17th century Japan and revolves around two Jesuit priests who face persecution as they search for their mentor and work to spread Christianity.  It’s heady subject matter, but the prospect of Scorsese and the impeccably talented Garfield bringing the film to fruition is extremely exciting.

silence-book-cover-imageParamount has distributed Scorsese’s last three films in a row, Shutter Island, Hugo, and The Wolf of Wall Street, so the filmmaker is likely in good hands with Silence.  Of course, when it comes to the 2016 Oscar season it appears he’s going to have stiff competition in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, which will be led by friend and frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio.

Read a synopsis for Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence below:

Silence is a novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

Written mostly in the form of a letter by its central character, the theme of a silent God who accompanies a believer in adversity was greatly influenced by the Catholic Endo’s experience of religious discrimination in Japan, racism in France and debilitating tuberculosis.

The recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence has been called “Endo’s supreme achievement” and “one of the twentieth century’s finest novels”.

“Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama”. Irving Howe. — The New York Review of Books.

  • Joe

    Oscar gold baby.

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  • agent777

    Benicio Del Toro and Javier Bardem were going to play the priests originally. Commence with lowering you expectations.

    • Person

      Really? I guess salary demands must have been the issue there. I dunno how you go from Del Toro/Bardem to Garfield/Driver (no offense to Driver, whose work I’m not familiar with).

      • agent777

        Well, this has been Scorcese’s next film since the Departed. My guess is they may not have been available. Still, pretty disappointing though.

    • D

      Not only that, but when Scorsese first started planning Silence he had Daniel Day Lewis attached to the Ferreira role, now filled by Liam Neeson. Now, nothing against Neeson, but that in my opinion is a huge step down. DDL would be so much more suited to the role.

      • agent777

        Worse and worse!

      • ThisGuy01

        Filmmaker just put out The Wolf of Wall Street which DiCaprio & McConaughey cameo aside has one of the iffier film casts of recent history – Jonah Hill, a blonde know one has ever heard of, that girl from that one episode of 30 Rock, etc etc – & we’re supposed to “lower our expectations”?

        Scorsese is a master filmmaker. He can work magic with whatever cast he can get. The guy made Sharon Stone interesting. Statements like “lower your expectations” are silly.

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    It’s my favorite book so this better be good

  • Person

    This movie had so much potential, and then Andrew Garfield was cast.

    • Jan

      Garfield’s a tremendously gifted actor (go watch ‘Boy A’), he’s just been wasting his time on those Spider-Man flicks for some reason.


        Because they pay good.

      • D

        Garfield is a talented performer (I agree that Boy A was a phenomenal performance) but he is all kinds of wrong for Father Rodriguez.

      • James franco

        He’s a decent actor and that’s about it

    • agent777

      Andrew Garfield is a massively unappealing actor and I haven’t even seen his Spider-Man movies.

      • Pk

        Same here. He was terrible as Peter Parker. I really don’t see his appeal or why people think he is the best spidey

    • Andrew Hegele

      Remember when we all fell for the guy after The Social Network? It’s amazing what headlining a terrible franchise that’s impossible to avoid will do.

      • Pk

        Yeah he was really good. I guess he only excels in serious roles

      • BatemanBegins

        Not necessarily a bad thing.

      • Person

        He excels in whiny roles. He’s never really done any other kind. It worked in Social Network, it’s annoying everywhere else. And it will likely torpedo Silence, unless Scorsese can somehow coax a real performance out of him.

  • Cedhollywood

    Really don’t care what the project is. If Scorsese’s directing I’m always interested.

  • Strong Enough

    Liam plays their mentor? OH SHIT. Just cancel the best supporting role competition right now. That is his to win.


    • agent777

      Meh. Same role he always plays. Great actor, but same damn part. Would rather see Portuguese actor in the role.


      He’s playing a Jedi Knight.

  • Avery Merrick

    I can possibly see this film being released on November 13th or November 25th.

  • Cristy0010

    Anything that has Martin Scorsese’s name, I’m in! Definitely looking forward to see Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver on this and also I’m glad to see Liam Nesson makes some change from the action movies, even if he’s playing a father’s figure or whatever he’s playing.

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