Martin Scorsese still hopes to make ‘Silence,’ has table read of ‘The Irishman’

By Daniel S Levine,

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street isn’t even completely in the can yet, but the prolific filmmaker is already looking at two potential next projects, one of which has been the ‘next project’ for years: Silence.

According to Deadline, Scorsese was at the Tribeca Film Center this week to meet with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for a table read of The Irishman. That script was written by Steve Zaillian (who worked with Scorsese on Gangs of New York and recently wrote The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and is based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses. It centers on mob hitman Frank Sheeran.

Still, Deadline’s sources say that Scorsese is holding out hope that he finally makes Silence. That’s good news for Cecchi Gori Pictures, which sued him for for not making it after Hugo over the summer. The company claimed that Scorsese had been attached to the project, based on Shusaku Endo, since the early 1990s.

Now, the director is currently auditioning actors and wants to get production on Silence started by mid-2014. But, since De Niro has suddenly had a critical resurgence with Silver Linings Playbook, one has to wonder if he will wait that long to make The Irishman.

According to Indiewire, The Irishman is currently set up at Paramount.

The Wolf of Wall Street is slated to be out later this year.



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