Fabrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have come onboard to produce and finance Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence”. Filming is slated to begin this coming Thursday in Taiwan.
In a statement, Scorsese says: “I’ve wanted to make ‘Silence’ for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality. It is heartening to have adventurous partners like Fabrica and SharpSword to work with on this picture.”
Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver star in the adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about 17th century Portuguese Jesuits on a mission to Japan to find their mentor (Neeson). Said mentor landed in Japan over a decade earlier and has gone missing, and upon their arrival they find the local Christian population driven underground by religious persecution.
Scorsese, Gaston Pavlovich, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Randall Emmett, Irwin Winkler and Barbara DeFina will produce. “Silence” is currently targeting a 2016 release.