20 items from 2014
By the time Johnny Mnemonic was released in 1995, screenwriter William Gibson had been writing innovative science fiction for almost 20 years. Since his first short story – the brilliant Fragments Of A Hologram Rose – was published back in 1977, Gibson had been making serious waves in the sci-fi community. He's perhaps most well-known for his game-changing 1984 novel, Neuromancer, a dark neo-noir filled with console-cowboys, sentient AIs and virtual reality – all common elements now, but Gibson's work still stands as a milestone in sci-fi literature. Gibson created the term 'cyberspace' and is seen as one of the forefathers of cyberpunk.
It's weird, then, that his novels and stories never translated to the silver screen before the mid-90s. Gibson himself had taken a pass at Alien 3 (though most of his ideas were quickly disposed of, »
At 71, no one keeps up with the relentlessly energetic Martin Scorsese. Seven months after "The Wolf of Wall Street" opened before earning a Best Picture nomination — and just after his latest documentary, "The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument" premiered as a work-n-progress at the Berlinale ahead of HBO's planned fall theatrical release, his next feature film "Silence" is prepping to start production in Taiwan. Paramount has nabbed Scorsese's long-gestating drama for a planned awards-friendly November 2015 release date, which is no surprise. The studio run by his longtime manager Brad Grey released "Wolf," "Hugo," and "Shutter Island." But "Silence" has never been a commercial sure thing. The director has wanted to tell this story, adapted by Jay Cocks from Shūsaku Endō’s revered 1966 novel about an undercover investigation into a Christian community in »
- Nick Newman
Paramount, which released Martin Scorsese’s three most recent films, including last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street, is close to a deal that will partner the studio and the Oscar winner again on Silence, his next film. Sources close to the production confirm a Deadline report that the studio is aiming for a November 2015 release of the movie, which will star Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as two 17th-century Jesuit missionaries in Japan in search of a missing mentor. Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe also will star.
The project has been on Scorsese’s radar for years, ever »
- Jeff Labrecque
With The Wolf Of Wall Street proving to be a huge hit worldwide, on top of the awards attention it attracted, it's unsurprising that there's no shortage of interest from studios in director Martin Scorsese's next feature. It's Paramount Pictures that is now set to acquire distribution rights to Silence, however, with a plan to release it in November 2015. Prime awards season, that. Paramount has distributed, in the Us at least, both The Wolf Of Wall Street and Shutter Island.
Silence is based on the book by Shusako Endo, and Scorsese has had this project earmarked reportedly for a decade. Set in the 17th century, Silence follows two priests and the violence, persecution and hostility they face when they head to Japan to spread the word about Christianity, and track down their mentor. »
Paramount Pictures is acquiring the Us distribution rights for the Scorsese film, reports Deadline.
The Hollywood studio is also aiming for a release in November 2015.
Silence is said to be a passion project of the legendary director, who has wanted to adapt Shusako Endo's 1996 novel for years.
Set in the 17th century, Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who experience persecution when they are sent to Japan to find their mentor.
Earlier this year, Scorsese's last film The Wolf of Wall Street was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Pictures. »
Martin Scorsese's "Silence" is finally making its way to the screen. First announcing his intention to direct an adaptation of the acclaimed Shusako Endo novel in 2007, the Oscar-winning filmmaker has directed a trio of narrative features in the intervening years ("Shutter Island," "Hugo" and "The Wolf of Wall Street") but is now closer than ever to realizing his vision for the book, which was the recipient of Japan's prestigious Tanizaki Prize in 1966. Paramount Pictures has officially acquired U.S. distribution rights to the project -- whose production is being financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis partners Randall Emmett and George Furla -- for an awards-season release in November 2015, according to a report by Deadline. Starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver and written by Jay Cocks (who previously collaborated with Scorsese on "Gangs of New York" and "The Age of Innocence"), the film will shoot at least partially in Taiwan. »
- Chris Eggertsen
While a specific release date has not been announced, a number of high-profile projects have already staked November 2015 dates, including Sony's Bond 24 (November 6, 2015), New Line's Friday the 13th reboot (November 13, 2015), Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (November 20, 2015) and Pixar's The Good Dinosaur (November 25, 2015).
Silence, which Martin Scorsese has wanted to make for over a decade, is based on Shusako Endo's novel that follows two Jesuit priests in the 17th Century, who journey to Japan upon learning that their mentor has abandoned the church. They face violence and persecution along their journey in this foreign land. Andrew Garfield stars as one of the priests, with Ken Watanabe portraying his Japanese interpreter. Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata and Adam Driver also star in unspecified roles. »
Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire distribution rights to Martin Scorsese's latest picture, the historical drama Silence. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe star in the adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel, which has a script by Jay Cocks and Scorsese. The historical novel, written in 1966, tells the story of two 17th century Portuguese missionaries who undertake a perilous journey to Japan in search of their mentor. Silence will be the fourth Scorsese film in a row to be released by Paramount since 2010’s Shutter Island.
- Borys Kit
Paramount is nearing a deal to distribute Martin Scorsese‘s long-gestating passion project “Silence,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield will star alongside Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver. Also read: Martin Scorsese Plans to Shoot Japanese Novel ‘Silence’ in Taiwan (Guest Blog) Based on the novel by Shusako Endo, “Silence” follows two 17th century priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Neeson) and spread Christianity. Jay Cocks (“Gangs of New York”) wrote the script, and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is financing the movie with Corsan Entertainment. »
- Jeff Sneider
Martin Scorsese is finally going to be able to make Silence, a film based on Shesako Endo's novel of the same name, which the director has been attempting to get off the ground for years. Later this year in Taiwan production on the pic will begin and it looks like Paramount is ready to acquire domestic distribution rights with tentative plans to release the film in November 2015. Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) adapted the novel, which is set in the 17th century and centers on two Jesuit priests facing violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla will finance the picture and Paramount will clearly be looking to position it as a major awards hopeful. »
- Brad Brevet
Garfield will star as Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church. When they arrive, they find the local Christian population driven underground by religious persecution.
Neeson will play a priest who landed in Japan over a decade ago and has gone missing.
Variety reported last year that Garfield had signed to star in Scorsese’s long-gestating adaptation of Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo’s book, regarded as his masterpiece.
- Dave McNary
He’s been spending a lot of time lately playing Action Man with work on the Taken films, Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop, but Liam Neeson still likes to sprinkle other jobs (comedies, animated voices, romantic dramas) between them. He’s just agreed to reunite with his Gangs Of New York director Martin Scorsese for Silence.Jay Cocks’ adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel is a passion project that the prolific director has been hoping to make for years now. Neeson joins Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe in the story of Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit heading to Japan with a fellow priest to discover whether Rodrigues’ mentor has left the church. Their mission is complicated by the fact that religious persecution is rife in the country, necessitating that they travel undercover with Watanabe as their interpreter.With his cast slowly falling into place, Scorsese can begin filming later this year in Taiwan, »
• Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams will play Prohibition Era lovers (or, potential mates) in Ezekiel Moss. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been attached to direct the pic for some time off of Keith Bunin’s Black List script. The story revolves around Iris (Adams) a widower who runs a boarding house to support her son Joel in a small, religious town. She falls for a drifter, Gyllenhaal’s Ezekiel Moss, who can “channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead.” [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
The story is adapted from Shusaku Endo's novel that follows Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Portugese Jesuit priest who travels to Japan upon hearing that his mentor has abandoned the church. No details were given for Liam Neeson's character, although it's possible he is playing the mentor. Ken Watanabe portrays Rodrigues' Japanese interpreter, while Issei Ogata also stars in an unspecified role.
Martin Scorsese is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with his Gangs of New York screenwriter Jay Cocks. Emmett/Furla/Oasis is providing the financing, with production scheduled to begin in Taiwan later this year.
According to Deadline, the script for the project was written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, with production expected to begin in Taiwan later this year.
The movie's plot follows the story of two 17th century Jesuit priests who face persecution when they attempt to bring Christianity to Japan.
Garfield is rumoured to have been cast as Father Rodrigues, with Neeson expected to play the second priest. Watanabe's character is believed to be an interpreter who aids the pair.
Forest Whitaker is also rumoured to be in talks to join the latest instalment of the action thriller. »
An adaptation of Shusako Endo's novel of the same name, the story follows a Portuguese missionary sent to seventeenth-century Japan.
Scorsese has been developing the film on and off for two decades and co-wrote the script with Jay Cocks. Filming begins in Taiwan later this year.
The news comes as Scorsese and producer Cecchi Gori have confirmed that the matter of the lawsuit between them has been "settled in its entirety".
Source: Vulture »
- Garth Franklin
Variety reported last May that Garfield had signed to star in Scorsese’s long-gestating adaptation of Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo’s novel. Garfield will star as Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church.
Neeson will play a priest who landed in Japan over a decade ago and has gone missing.
In a separate development, Scorsese has reached a »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Liam Neeson will star with Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe in Silence, the Martin Scorsese-directed adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about 17th century Jesuits who to try bring Christianity to isolated Japan. The film is being financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, Corsan and A1. Emmett/Furla/Oasis just funded Lone Survivor. The script is by Jay Cocks and Scorsese and production will begin in Taiwan later this year. Related: Martin Scorsese Tests Out Script For Mob Drama ‘The Irishman’, But ‘Silence’ Is His Next Pic Neeson is scheduled to reprise in Taken 3, but while Neeson has remade himself as an action star, Silence brings him back to the kind of work he did in Schindler’s List and in the Scorsese-directed Gangs Of New York. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Randall Emmett and George Furla, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Checchi Gori, Barbara DeFina and Paul Breuls, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Liam Neeson is set to play a leading role in Martin Scorsese's next, the long-awaited Silence . Deadline reports that the Taken star will headline opposite the previously-attached Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe. Based on the Shusaku Endo novel (adapted for the screen by Jay Cocks), Silence is set in the 17th century and follows two Jesuit priests as they face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. 2014 is a busy year for Neeson. He next lends his voice to The Lego Movie , re-teams with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra for Non-Stop , headlines writer-director Scott Frank's A Walk Among the Tombstones and plays the lead villain in Seth MacFarlane's western comedy A Million Ways to Die »
Hang around any Hollywood watercooler right now, and it seems the name you will hear is Adam Driver. Since appearing in an episode of The Unusuals in 2009, the former Us Marine has rocketed to the top of the casting pile, via a regular role on HBO’s Girls – now in its third season – and parts in J. Edgar, Frances Ha, Lincoln and Inside Llewyn Davis. That momentum shows no sign of dissipating any time soon either as he is now set to join Martin Scorsese’s next project, Silence.
Based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, the story follows two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan, who witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of the government, after Catholicism and western influence are banned. With a screenplay by Jay Cocks (Gangs Of New York), and a cast list including Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Ken Watanabe (Inception »
- Sarah Myles
20 items from 2014
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