After 'Silence,' What's Martin Scorsese Doing This Year?

After 'Silence,' What's Martin Scorsese Doing This Year?

Jan 08, 2016

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Martin Scorsese may be 73 years of age, yet there is no sign that he's slowing down. He is currently in post-production on Silence, a historical drama starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. It's a dream project for Scorsese, one that he's wanted to make for years, following two missionaries as they deal with persecution, martyrdom and grace in 17th century Japan.

Neeson said that Scorsese prepares intensely for every film he makes: "He supplies 200 percent; all he wants from you is 100 percent." Silence is aiming for release later this year; it's already been rumored for a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Before he got busy with that project, however, Scorsese helped to develop Vinyl, a new dramatic series that will debut on HBO on February 14. He worked alongside Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street) for the series, which is set in the New York music business during the 1970s. Scorsese directed the pilot episode and recently stated: "I intend to be very involved in as many of the episodes as possible and I hope that I can work out the time to direct a few more.” (Note: Trailer below is NSFW.)

That's not the only music-related project that has piqued his interest, though. Variety reports that Scorsese is developing a movie about classical pianist Byron Janis, based on the musician's autobiography Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal. Janis is known for his extensive repertoire; a child prodigy, he was mentored by Vladimir Horowitz and debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1948. He toured the world as a musician; meanwhile, in his personal life, he explored paranormal activity.

Peter Glanz has been hired to write the screenplay. Right now, it looks like Scorsese will produce rather than direct. He's also expressed interest in making a biopic about composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Scorsese may be better known for his use of rock 'n' roll in his movies but his tastes are broad, as demonstrated in the opening credits for Raging Bull.

Scorsese has been linked to more than a dozen other projects recently, so it will be interesting to see what he decides to direct after Silence is released later this year.

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