Scorsese vs. Japan

Martin Scorsese, currently my all-time favourite film director and owner of some genuinely impressive eyebrows, is being sued by a producer for not making their film yet – which would be an adaptation of the Japanese novel Silence. Apparently he’s been pushing it behind other projects ever since Kundun (1997), and the final straw was Scorsese deciding to make another Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer, The Wolf of Wall Street, instead of a movie about two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan in search of their missing brothers.

Scorsese’s lawyers have responded by treating the lawsuit as ridiculous and a media stunt, but frankly if I ran a company that had made a hefty investment in a project that’s earmarked for an elderly filmmaker and was forced to wait 15 years for the damn thing to actually be confirmed, I’d want to blow smoke up his ass too. That and I’d really rather see Daniel-Day Lewis and Javier Bardem in a new Scorsese picture than another DiCaprio vehicle.

Hell, at least he’s not doing Raging Bull II.

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