Monday, April 22, 2024

Oscars: Martin Scorsese Says “Silence” Will Be Golden for End of Year Release

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The Oscar race for 2017 may be getting a new contender.

Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese says his “Silence” will be golden for an end of year release. “It depends on Paramount,” he told me last night at Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday party.

“Silence” is a passion project for the “Goodfellas” director. It stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ciaran Hinds and Adam Driver, based on a novel by Shûsaku Endô. The movie was so hard to put together it has 25 names listed as producers or executive producers.

“Silence” is described in Wikipedia as “a 1966 novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endures persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.”

As for Paramount, they have “Silence” tentatively penciled in for November or December. But a firm date is still to come. Scorsese told me he’ll be done with scoring in October, and regular people will start to see the movie then.

So throw “Silence” into the ring with Birth of a Nation, Rules Don’t Apply, Queen of Katwe, Sully, The Founder, Fences, and a bunch of other films no one’s seen yet (like LaLa Land, and so on). Why not? So far in 2016, on August 4th, we otherwise have zilch  in our checkout basket for the Academy Awards. Nothing like waiting til the last minute.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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