Paramount in talks to acquire Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ for the 2015 Oscar season

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205853-Martin-Scorsese-SilenceIt looks like we won’t have to wait too long for Martin Scorsese to be back in the awards race. His passion project Silence is finally getting made and now it seems that Paramount Pictures is negotiating to pick up the distribution rights. The goal would be to put it out next November in the heart of the Oscar season. Things can change (remember when The Wolf of Wall Street was coming out around Thanksgiving?), but it looks like things are moving forward for Silence. Starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver, the film is written by Jay Cocks and has been a movie that Scorsese has wanted to make forever. You can see a bit more below on Silence, but stay tuned for more on this flick next year.

Here’s the story from Deadline:

Paramount Pictures is in talks to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Silence, and the tentative plan is to release the film November 2015, right in that holiday corridor where awards-bait pictures dwell. Silence is one of those pictures on Scorsese’s bucket list, an adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel that Scorsese has longed to make for more than a decade. The project finally came together when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla committed the production financing, with Corsan Entertainment co-financing. Shooting will get underway in Taiwan. The film takes place in the 17th century, where two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread Christianity. The script is by Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York scribe Jay Cocks, and the filmmaker has pulled together a cast including Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver.

Emmett and Furla are producing with Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Irwin Winkler. Paramount seems a logical landing place for Silence. While Red Granite funded The Wolf Of Wall Street, Paramount released the film, which was nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture. The studio also distributed Shutter Island and Hugo. Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions is Paramount-based and the filmmaker has a strong relationship with Brad Grey, a producer on The Departed who didn’t get a Best Picture Oscar because Grey took the top Paramount job.

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When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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Jamie Teller

2015 is going to be crazy. And throwing this into the mix only amps that up. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think this might be a chance for Scorsese to win a second Oscar.


The book itself is powerful, very fascinating, and more than a little controversial. To bring it to the big screen will be a challenge, because so much of the source material is just internal monologue of one of the travelers and and questions of morality in Christianity. I’m surprised to see an adaptation in the works given the content and the message are not historically Oscar friendly (very philosophical/heavy, quite a bit graphic), but I trust Scorcese with almost everything. If they really follow the book, I wonder if Andrew Garfield will actually be taking the lead and Liam Neeson… Read more »


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