Scorsese’s “Silence” To Be His Longest Film Ever?

Paramount Pictures has had a very tough year at the box-office and are facing an uncertain future as the potential Viacom sale keeps things interesting over on the lot.

One thing that is going right for them though is awards season as the studio has four films from major directors that could end up being serious candidates – Denis Villeneuve‘s “Arrival,” Robert Zemeckis‘ “Allied,” Denzel Washington‘s “Fences” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”.

The latter of that group remains a question mark for a 2016 release. The film is aiming to be finished by early this Fall, but has yet to schedule a release date. The director recently revealed that the decision on that is entirely up to the studio at this point.

Today, Variety reporter Kris Tapley revealed in tweets one key factor that could be why Paramount’s being hesitant – the film’s runtime. Tapley indicates the movie currently clocks in at a whopping 195 minutes – which would make it Scorsese’s longest feature film to date.

This isn’t unprecedented. Scorsese’s “Gangs Of New York” original cut ran 216 minutes before distributor Harvey Weinstein managed to get him to trim it down to 166 minutes. If the report is accurate, could someone over there going to be able to convince Scorsese to do the same?

Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver star in the drama which is set in the 17th century and follows a pair of Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity.