9 items from 2014
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
9 items from 2014
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