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In November, Paramount Pictures will release Martin Scorsese's Silence, about the persecution of a Jesuit missionary in 17th century Japan. The movie, based on an award-winning Japanese novel by Shusaku Endo and starring Liam Neeson, took an astonishing 26 years to complete and has been the subject of all sorts of litigation and dealmaking. It's no accident that there are seven or eight credited production companies depending on where one looks. As for the writing, Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) is currently listed as the screenwriter, but that's been the subject of a quiet legal war that culminated
- Eriq Gardner
Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Silence will be released in time to qualify for this year’s awards season. The period film, which Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, will be released Stateside on December 23rd, 2016 before going wide in January 2017, making it available to Oscar voters for eligibility for the 2017 Academy Award ceremony.
Variety reports the news of the release. Here’s the plot for the Jay Cocks scripted drama:
A Japanese Catholic, Endo tells the story of two seventeenth-century missionaries attempting to shore up the oppressed Japanese Christian movement. Father Rodrigues has come to Japan to find the truth behind unthinkable rumors that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. But after his arrival he discovers that the only way to help the brutally persecuted Christians may be to apostatize himself.
No news on a UK release as yet, but we’re doubting whether it will »
- Paul Heath
Silence will open in limited release on December 23, day-and-date with Japan through Kadokawa and Australia via Transmission. It will expand in the Us in January 2017 and roll out across Europe in January and February 2017.
The Oscar-winning director has attempted to make the film for many years and it finally began to move forward when Im Global brought Scorsese to Cannes to launch sales in May 2013.
Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich’s Fabrica de Cine provided lead financing alongside AI Film and executive producer Dale A. Brown of Sharpsword Films. The producers are Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Randall Emmett, Barbara Defina, Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Irwin Winkler. Im Global founder Stuart Ford is among the executive producers.
The story centres on a pair of 17th century Portuguese missionaries who travel to Japan during the brutal »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In a not-at-all surprising but surely encouraging bit of news, we finally have a release date for Martin Scorsese's Silence. The movie has been in development for quite some time and will finally be hitting theaters this December, just in time for awards season consideration. Like many awards season movies, Silence will initially have a limited release, followed by a much larger rollout in January.
Paramount made the announcement that Silence will hit theaters on December 23, which means they have a lot of hope and confidence that the movie is Oscar worthy. Given that this is a Martin Scorsese movie, not to mention the very promising cast, that is to be expected. This has been a passion project for the legendary director who has been wanting to make the movie for more than two decades. Silence is based on Shûsaku Endô's acclaimed 1966 novel of the same name. »
An adaptation of the 1966 Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, “Silence” — which stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Ciaran Hinds — has been a passion project for Scorsese for the better part of three decades. On paper, it has all the hallmarks of a prestige awards contender, but “on paper” can steer you wrong. Look at any number of would-be Oscar dramas that went nowhere over the years.
A source told me last month that the film was clocking in at 195 minutes at the time. Word is the studio was hoping Scorsese could cut it down, which is only natural: A 17th Century drama about Jesuit missionaries in Japan is a tough commercial sell as it is. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Tony Sokol Sep 27, 2016
Paramount in the Us has announced that Martin Scorsese‘s Silence will be getting a limited opening on December 23 2016 so it will be a contender for this year’s awards season. The drama about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan will get a wide release in January 2017.
Silence has been in the works for over two decades. At one point, a producer sued Scorsese for delaying it to make The Wolf Of Wall Street. The movie stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. The screenplay was written by Jay Cocks, who wrote Gangs Of New York.
The film is described as an historic drama based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō. Amazon says the novel is about “A Japanese Catholic, Endo tells the story of »
Go figure. Just as I had decided to pull it from my next set of Oscar predictions, the folks at Paramount Pictures finally give a release date to Martin Scorsese’s passion project Silence. Yes, on December 23rd the movie will open in limited release, before going wide the next month in January. It’s a sigh of relief to many cinema fans out there, while it also represents one more huge contender in a still pretty crowded field. That will get culled down when the precursors begin, but for the moment, Silence is back on as a top tier contender for Academy Award attention. The film is an adaptation of the Shûsaku Endô novel of the same name. During the 17th century, a pair of Jesuit priests in Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) travel to Japan looking for their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson). There, »
- Joey Magidson
As far as passion projects go, Silence may well take the biscuit. First hatched more than two decades ago by the illustrious Martin Scorsese, for one reason or another, the historical epic fell onto the director’s back-burner as he mulled over casting decisions – Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael García Bernal were attached early on – location shooting, and even the possibility of utiziling 3D.
It’s been a long and meandering road, then, but Deadline brings word today that Scorsese and Co. have finally locked eyes on a finish line. Thrusting Silence directly into the crowded awards season, Paramount has penciled Scorsese’s latest in for theatrical release on December 23, where it will open directly opposite Juan Antonio Bayona’s tear-jerker A Monster Calls.
It’s only a few days shy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the big heavyweight to watch out for – along with other »
- Michael Briers
Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited Silence will finally be hitting theaters at the end of this year. Paramount confirmed to The A.V. Club that the studio has set a limited release date of December 23 for the film about 17th-century Jesuit priests who go to Japan during a period wherein Christians were not permitted to practice openly. It will then go into wide release come January. So, yes, if you care about the Oscar race, this does mean that the never-to-be-counted out director will have a horse in it.
Variety once reported that Scorsese entertained the idea of adapting Shūsaku Endō’s novel back in the late 1980s, and completed the script in 1996. Andrew Garfield joined the project as protagonist Father Rodrigues in 2013, and it got the necessary money back in 2015. Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, and Adam Driver also star in the film, which may be very ...
- Esther Zuckerman
You can now start your countdowns for the day you’ll get to see Kylo Ren and Qui-Gon Jinn (oh, and Spider-Man) onscreen as Jesuit priests. Martin Scorsese’s film based on the novel Silence by Japanese author Shusaku Endo is now set for an awards-qualifying December 23 limited release before expanding to more theaters in January. The film is a passion project for Scorsese — he’s wanted to make it since 1991. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver play two young Portuguese priests who are persecuted when they’re on a missionary trip to Japan during the 17th century. Liam Neeson plays their mentor. (Yes, it’s a reprise of sorts of the role in one of his earliest successes, The Mission, when he also played a Jesuit priest.) »
- Emily Rome
Despite being one of the most anticipated films of the year, “Silence” didn’t have an official release date until this morning. It’s now been confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s period drama will go into limited release on December 23, just in time to qualify for award season, before expanding in January. The celebrated filmmaker’s adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name concerns two Jesuit priests in the 1670s who travel from Portugal to Japan, where their proselytizing isn’t well received.
Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson star in the movie, which some had speculated might not be seen until next year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Budgeted at $51 million and running a full 195 minutes, “Silence” is Scorsese’s first film since 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
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- Michael Nordine
Paramount Pictures will have one more gift waiting for us under the tree this Christmas. The studio has just announced that Martin Scorsese‘s Silence will hit theaters this December for an awards-qualifying run before expanding nationwide in January. Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver lead the drama about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan. Silence is officially set for limited release […]
- Angie Han
After many rumors and even talk from the director himself, some were unsure that Martin Scorsese‘s Silence would make it to theaters by this calendar year. Thankfully, those fears can now be put to rest as we have the most promising news imaginable this awards season. Paramount has officially set a December 23 limited release for the director’s adaptation of Shusako Endo’s novel, which as of late summer, clocked in at over three hours.
Silence follows the story of two Jesuit priests in the seventeenth century who venture to Japan amid rumors that their mentor has abandoned the Church, the cast includes Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, and Ciarán Hinds.
Following its limited late-December bow, Paramount also noted the film will expand wide in January, but they have yet to set a specific date. In terms of competition, A Monster Calls will also be landing »
- Jordan Raup
“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.
- Brent Lang
I.T. is one of those VOD sleepers you expect absolutely nothing from, yet – in the most base-value sense – John Moore’s creepy tech-driven thriller gets the job done. Scenes may feel like a tutorial in suspense and predictable plot movement, but Pierce Brosnan is just too damn smooth to ignore (like that matured, smokey Scotch he’s sipping on above).
Age hasn’t dampened this ex-Bond stud’s charms in the least, and he works well as a billionaire family man who turns primal when some jabroni threatens the ones he loves. Admittedly, you won’t be challenged by material here, but minimal genre satiation is achieved through “Peeping Tom” surveillance and satirical warnings directed towards our own internet-obsessed lifestyles.
Hey, not everything can be a five-star experience – there’s a time and place for a Burger King quickie.
Brosnan stars as company man Mike Regan, whose aviation conglomerate is »
- Matt Donato
San Sebastian — Following on eOne Seville Intl., which announced last week its acquisition of world sales rights on Aritz Moreno’s “Advantages of Travelling By Train,” Barcelona-based Filmax has confirmed it has acquired international sales and Spanish distribution rights to another prime Basque film property, crime caper “Operacion Concha.”
Lead-produced by Bilbao’s Abra Produczioak, structured as a co-production with Mexico, and shooting in February, “Operacion Concha” is a film industry scam comedy set during the San Sebastian Festival, in the line of “Ocean’s Eleven,” said Abra’s Joxe Portela.
For Filmax’s Carlos Fernandez, the “Operacion Concha” pick-up forms part of the company’s bet on Spanish cinema, which paid off with “Truman.” Filmax, for example, has also taken Spanish and world sales rights to Patxo Telleria’s conniving bank manager comedy “Igelak,” which received a Basque gala screening at San Sebastian.
Both deals also confirm that the »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
San Sebastian — Actress Sigourney Weaver looked poised, gracious and sharp as she talked about Hillary Clinton, “Alien” and “A Monster Calls” in the build-up to her acceptance Wednesday night of a career-achievement Donostia Award at Spain’s San Sebastian Festival.
“It’s exciting in the U.S. now that it looks like we are finally going to have a woman president,” Weaver said at a brief news conference Wednesday morning, although polls show Donald Trump closing in on Clinton. “It’s overdue. I think a lot of the progress we made is now coming to fruition. We have women in all walks of life, armed services and other jobs.”
That, she argued, was increasingly reflected on the big screen. “I don’t think I’ve ever had more work,” she said, calling out a journalist who asserted a lack of great women’s roles in Hollywood.
“Men have more roles, »
- John Hopewell
British director Johannes Roberts is re-teaming with production and finance outfit The Fyzz Facility for coming-of-age drama “Hearts,” an adaptation of Stephen King’s critically acclaimed novella “Hearts in Atlantis.”
Set in 1966, “Hearts” is a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a group of college boys and their first time away from home, their obsession and self-destruction, and what it means to be an adult in a world where, in the face of a devastating war no one understands, adults can no longer be trusted.
Roberts adapted the story with his regular writing partner, Ernest Riera. The pair has recently come off of horror film “The Other Side Of The Door,” starring Sarah Wayne Callies and released worldwide by 20th Century Fox, and shark thriller “47 Meters Down,” starring Mandy Moore, which marked Roberts’ first collaboration with The Fyzz Facility. “47 Meters Down”is scheduled for U.S. release through Entertainment Freestyle in 2017.
“As a teenager, »
- Robert Mitchell
Oh sure... Liam Neeson you say. So did I at one point. But Silence is looking like an increasingly imaginary film, don't you think? I'm not dumping him from the predicted lineup just yet though The Supporting Actor Chart has a ton of movement post-festival explosion.
The biggest chart debut goes to Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy in Jackie (they love actors as real famous people and he's typically strong) while Michael Shannon moves on up for stealing the entire show in Nocturnal Animals. And with the eyebrow-raising news that Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is not debuting for critics before its Nyff premiere, have we been overestimating that film? What a strange decision!
Finally what to make of the men of Moonlight? They're all terrific but due to the triptych nature of the film, not a one of the men is in more than a third of the picture. »
- NATHANIEL R
Three weeks of film festivals and hundreds of movies later, one stands as the clear winner. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” won a prize for Emma Stone in Venice, wowed Telluride, and walked away with the Audience Award in Toronto —and by the end of that festival, people paid “Hamilton”-premiums for tickets to the last screening,
Now, that’s word of mouth.
Of course, “La La Land” isn’t alone in its accolades. Here’s how the players came out at the end of the three festivals.
Established studio players like Sony Pictures Classics aim their sights at the loyal theatergoers who tend to be older; getting younger cinephiles to come to a theater is harder than ever. Nevertheless, A24 seems to have figured out a way. They acquire movies like excoriated Cannes entry “The Sea of Trees” to go out via their deal with DirectTV and iTunes, »
- Anne Thompson
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