Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Is Golden; Funding Locked For Director’s 20-Year Labor Of Love

BREAKING: In a move that caps a two-decade quest for Martin Scorsese, funding is now locked for his adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel Silence. Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have joined the producing roster and will fully finance the picture that will star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano. The film, which follows 17th century Portuguese Jesuits who face intense persecution during their mission to spread their faith in isolated Japan, will begin production January 30 in Taiwan.

Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword were part of the consortium of investors when Emmett/Furla/Oasis got the film up and running again two Cannes festivals ago. Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword upped their stake to fund the entire movie, and they will now manage the production under a joint entity, FM Films, LLC. Gastón Pavlovich will produce with executive producers Dale Brown, Matthew Malek and Tyler Zacharia. Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff will also produce alongside Randall Emmett, Irwin Winkler and Barbara DeFina. George Furla and Chad Verdi will executive produce.

The main takeaway here is that Scorsese now has full backing for his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated hit The Wolf Of Wall Street, in his longest-gestating project since Gangs Of New York. Said Scorsese: “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.” Paramount will release domestically in 2016 with foreign markets distribution spearheaded by AI Films/IM Global.

“Fábrica de Cine is pleased to be involved in producing and financing a project of such high caliber, and directed by someone we so greatly respect,” said Pavlovich, head of Fábrica de Cine. Fábrica de Cine co-produced and co-financed the Tom Hanks drama A Hologram For The King, which wrapped last May, and the company is producing the Richard Gere-starrer Oppenheimer Strategies, which shoots next month.

The Dale Brown-run SharpSword just participated in funding The Ticket, which wrapped last August with Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman and Oliver Platt starring.

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