Though it was originally eyed for a start date this past January, Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited film Silence finally seems to have found funding. The film has been a passion project of Scorsese’s for quite some time now and today, Niels Juul, the CEO of Cecchi Gori Pictures, revealed in an interview with THR that they will fund the film.
Juul spoke about the film saying:
“It’s been in pre-production for a while. We don’t know the schedule quite yet, but that’s definitely a signed deal and that would probably be our first feature back in the swing of things.”
Scorsese will begin his next film The Wolf Of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio in New York this August. Once that wraps, it’s expected that the director will get to work on Silence.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal were all originally attached to star in the film a few years back, but it’s unknown whether any of them are still on board.
GK Films was originally meant to fund the film, however with the surprising financial failure of Hugo (a loss of $80 million), a period piece about Jesuit priests just didn’t seem commercially viable to producer Graham King.
It is unclear when we can expect a release date for Silence, but we will keep you updated on more news about the film as it arises.