Scorsese On A “Silence” Release Date

On paper it would seem to be a no brainer for awards season- a Martin Scorsese directed period drama based on an acclaimed novel with three great actors. Surprisingly though, the filmmaker’s upcoming adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s famed novel “Silence” remains undated despite it long being expected to be ready in time for a Fall release.

Speaking with Showbiz 411 this week about it, Scorsese says “it depends on Paramount” as to when the film will score a release. He says the film should be complete and ready to show by October.

Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver star in the 17th century-set drama that follows a pair of Jesuit priests who face persecution on a road trip through Japan to locate their mentor and spread Christianity.

One issue is that Paramount has an embarassament of riches scheduled for the Fall – Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied,” Denzel Washington’s “Fenches” and James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” are all targeting end of year releases through the distributor.