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Martin Scorsese's Jesuit priest drama Silence will be his next film, becomes re-attached to The Wolf of Wall Street

02.17.2011by:

If there's one subject or theme that pervades Martin Scorsese's films more than gangsters, troubled men, or broken families... it's religion. And now, as his follow-up to HUGO CABRET, the famed filmmaker will finally be pulling the trigger on his much-discussed and loooong-gestating passion project, SILENCE.

The adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel, about "two 17th century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity," has been in the works for about a decade. The film even has a tremendous trio attached - Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal - though it's not entirely clear if scheduling and other commitments made since will permit them to take on the project.

SILENCE will come written by Jay Cocks, the man behind Scorsese's THE AGE OF INNOCENCE as well as the original version of GANGS OF NEW YORK, which he began writing back in 1976.

Meanwhile, Marty has re-attached himself to THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, a project he dropped and handed over to Ridley Scott before coming back to it once again. That film would see the director reunite with his go-to man Leonardo DiCaprio and his "Boardwalk Empire" producer/writer Terrence Winter (who wrote the 2007 Blacklist script) for the financial malfeasance memoir of stockbroker decadence by Jordan Belfort. Here's more on that, via Amazon:

"Belfort, who founded one of the first and largest chop shop brokerage firms in 1987, was banned from the securities business for life by 1994, and later went to jail for fraud and money-laundering, delivers a memoir that reads like fiction. It covers his decade of success with straightforward accounts of how he worked with managers of obscure companies to acquire large amounts of stock with minimal public disclosure, then pumped up the price and sold it, so he and the insiders made large profits while public investors usually lost. Profits were laundered through purchase of legitimate businesses and cash deposits in Swiss banks. There is only brief mention of Belfort's life before Wall Street or events since 1997. The book's main topic is the vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical behavior Belfort managed to survive. As might be expected in the autobiography of a veteran con man with movie rights already sold, it's hard to know how much to believe."
Extra Tidbit: So much for THE IRISHMAN, but I ain't mad.
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7:11PM on 02/18/2011

Marty Marty Marty !!

Both of these films sound amazing. The whole time i was reading the synopsis of The Wolf of Wallstreet (Lets hope they dont change that title) in my head i kept picturing Leo for the role of that guy. Perfect for him and will more than likely land him an oscar.
Both of these films sound amazing. The whole time i was reading the synopsis of The Wolf of Wallstreet (Lets hope they dont change that title) in my head i kept picturing Leo for the role of that guy. Perfect for him and will more than likely land him an oscar.
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3:53PM on 02/17/2011
I don't care what he makes next, ITS SCORSESE!
I don't care what he makes next, ITS SCORSESE!
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2:12PM on 02/17/2011

LOL

Jay Cocks...
Jay Cocks...
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11:24AM on 02/17/2011
Religion is a load of crap. Not interest in seeing this movie.
Religion is a load of crap. Not interest in seeing this movie.
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10:37AM on 02/17/2011
I trust Scorsese to do anything, but I'd rather see The Irishman come first.
I trust Scorsese to do anything, but I'd rather see The Irishman come first.
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9:57AM on 02/17/2011
Both of these projects will be great, I'm sure. But The Irishman would've been amazing. Damn.
Both of these projects will be great, I'm sure. But The Irishman would've been amazing. Damn.
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6:23AM on 02/17/2011

God-fucking-Damnit!

Bring on the fucking Irishman!

Damnit :(
Bring on the fucking Irishman!

Damnit :(
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