News Bits: Silence, Digital, Incident, Duke, Swiss

Martin Scorsese’s anticipated new missionary drama “Silence” is aiming for a November release through Paramount Pictures according to Screen Daily. Scorsese’s film, an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel, is not expected to be done in time for Cannes next month, but the date suggests a Venice or TIFF premiere could well be on the cards.

Digital Retouching
The same technology that was used to render Brad Pitt at various ages in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” has expanded and improved exponentially to the point that digital ‘retouching’ has become a major thing.

Vulture has done a feature piece on the technology where the surprise is how prevalently the technology is employed – not just to smooth out wrinkles but to add muscle definition, adjust shape, change performances, change actors body structure, replace whole actors and editing together elements of different takes. It’s a must read piece.

The Incident
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has acquired rights to Jan Kwiecinski’s “The Incident” which he helms from his own script. The $15 million film heads into production in July with Ambyr Childers co-starring and producing.

Emile Hirsch is being courted for the lead role in the film which follows a man who accidentally kills another man during a brief altercation and struggles with the ramifications of his actions. Childers will play his girlfriend who has no knowledge of the incident and is left bewildered by her boyfriend’s behavior. [Source: Deadline]

The Duke
Nicholas Martin (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) is attached to write the screenplay for Neon Films and Pathe’s bittersweet true story “The Duke”. Set in 1961, the story follows a 57-year-old bus driver and would-be playwright from Newcastle who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London’s National Gallery and held it for ransom for four years. At his trial, he charmed the jury with his story and was found not guilty. [Source: Variety]

Swiss Army Man
A24 has picked up worldwide rights to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s divisive Sundance dramedy “Swiss Army Man”. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse with magical abilities that enables a man stranded on a desert island (Paul Dano) to find his way back home. The North American release is set for June 17 in New York and Los Angeles. [Source: THR]