We’ve waited for quite some time for Martin Scorsese to make his “Jesuit drama” Silence, based on the novel by Shusako Endo novel. He had planned to do the movie almost fifteen years ago, and it has remained on the director’s “pending” slate ever since. After the release of Hugo, we thought Silence would be next.

So did the film’s producer, Vittorio Cecchi Gori of Cecchi Gori Pictures, who was surprised to read in the trades that Scorsese would instead be making The Wolf of Wall Street as his next film. Checchi Gori has now sued Scorsese for breach of contract, among other claims. So the big question is: will Silence happen at all, or might it be forced into being? The terms of this lawsuit seem simple at first, but get serious when you dig into the details. Short version: Silence is already a very expensive niche movie before a frame of film has even been shot.

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Hugo was Martin Scorsese‘s first foray into 3D, but given that that film was praised by many (myself included) as being among the best uses of 3D in recent years, it’s not surprising that the filmmaker is thinking of deploying that tool again for his next couple of projects. In a recent interview, Scorsese revealed that he’s “considering” 3D for a couple of upcoming projects — the Shusaku Endo adaptation Silence and his Frank Sinatra biopic. Of course, saying he’s thinking about it isn’t the same thing as confirming he’ll do it, but it’s an interesting possibility to think about as we look forward to his next steps. More after the jump.

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Martin Scorsese Planning ‘Silence’ as Next Film

Good news for those who were beginning to fear that mainstream opportunities would forever interfere with Martin Scorsese‘s long-gestating adaptation of Shusaku Endo‘s novel Silence: the director says that Silence will be his next movie.

In the wake of Hugo‘s big critical acceptance, Scorsese has been linked to an adaptation of the thriller novel The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo, and he has also talked up possibilities such as The Irishman and The Gambler. The Snowman, at least, looks to be moving forward quickly, giving us reason to surmise that it would be the director’s next, supplanting Silence. Fortunately, Scorsese seems to have his eye firmly on the Jesuit drama that has been delayed for a couple years as other opportunities came up. Read More »

Shutter Island - Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is still promoting Shutter Island in various markets, which has led to a handful of big interviews that dive into the subject of various possible projects for the director. We know he’s working on The Invention of Hugo Cabret now, and intends to make the Jesuit drama Silence (delayed some time ago in favor of Shutter Island) afterward. But what of his biopic of Frank Sinatra? Read More »

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OK, obviously the big crazy Martin Scorsese news today is that Lars von Trier challenged him to make a new Taxi Driver, but following the gameplan set forth in The Five Obstructions. (In that film, Von Trier challenged Jorgen Leth to remake his own film The Perfect Human five different times, each with a different ‘obstruction’ or directive.)

There’s a lot more going on in the Scorsese world. For one, a trade report suggests that he’ll make the leap to 3D with The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Then he’s talked about potential follow-up films, which include his Jesuit drama Silence, and possibly a new mob movie with Robert De Niro. Where would the ‘obstructed’ Taxi Driver come in? Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Read More »

Martin Scorsese’s Upcoming Movie Slate

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese has become the popular high demand director due to The Departed’s Oscar buzz. Warner Bros have acquired screen rights to yet another project for the director. But with so many projects in the works, will he ever find the time? And what will he take on next? Let’s take a look at Scorsese’s potetial upcoming projects.

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