Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Lands Oscar-Season Release Date

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Silence,” Martin Scorsese’s passion project about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan, has snagged an awards-season release date, signaling that Paramount Pictures believes it has an Oscar contender on its hands.

The religious epic will debut in limited release on Dec. 23, before expanding in January. There are no wide releases scheduled to debut on that date, but “A Monster Calls,” a fantasy adventure, will bow in limited release on that date.  Moreover, it is a crowded time of year as studios are fielding a number of prestige films and commercial projects, all trying to take advantage of the holidays. The animated musical “Sing,” video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” and “Passengers,” a sci-fi romance with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, hit theaters two days before “Silence” debuts.

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“Silence” boasts a cast that includes Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver, as well as a screenplay by Jay Cocks, Scorsese’s collaborator on “Gangs of New York” and “The Age of Innocence.” The film has been in development for over two decades, with the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro, and Gael García Bernal all involved at various points before they left for other projects.  Lining up financing for the $50 million production was a herculean task.

Scorsese has been nominated 12 times for an Oscar, winning best director in 2007 for “The Departed,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson. If “Silence” is going to emerge victorious it will have to hold off the likes of “La La Land,” a musical with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling that has drawn raves; “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan’s portrait of a family tragedy; and “Fences,” Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s beloved play.

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  1. cadavra says:

    I hate to be a pedant, but “Jesuit priests” is a redundancy. A Jesuit is by definition a priest.

  2. Bill B. says:

    Will it be his usual 3 hours long?! The man has talent, but he can’t seem to make a movie that isn’t butt-numbing. I still haven’t seen Wolf of Wall Street due to it’s length.

  3. The original version of this movie was made in 1971 by Masahiro Shinoda, its excellent!!

    • Sexracist says:

      Except for the unfortunate stunt casting of Tetsuro Tanba as Fr. Ferreira. It’s a major distraction during several crucial scenes

  4. Steve Barr says:

    Is it just me or have I seen this movie before . It was called “The Mission” and starred Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons .

    • cadavra says:

      THE MISSION was set in South America. And it was released thirty years ago. The world can well handle a second movie about Jesuits.

  5. Alex Meyer says:

    Yes, yes!!! This makes me so happy!!!

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