Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

Old 04-17-24, 11:59 AM
Thread Starter
dex14's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 45,360
Likes: 0
Received 4,693 Likes on 3,179 Posts
Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

Mark Twain once quipped, “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind it, it doesn’t matter.” When it comes to Martin Scorsese, age certainly isn’t making a difference. After landing 10 Oscar nominations for last year’s historical crime epic “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the 81-year-old director has mapped out his next several projects. Sources say he plans to shoot two films back to back: the first about Jesus, the second a Frank Sinatra biopic.

The Oscar-winning director who helped usher in the Hollywood New Wave of the 1970s is looking to bypass the studio system and independently finance “Life of Jesus,” based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1973 book. He took the same approach with the 2016 drama “Silence” (which also was adapted from an Endō novel). In fact, Scorsese would like to reunite with “Silence” star Andrew Garfield for the Jesus project, though it’s unclear if the 40-year-old actor is being eyed for the titular role or to play one of the disciples. (Scholars believe Jesus died sometime between the ages of 33 and 38.) Miles Teller has also been eyed for the picture. Production is expected to begin later this year and shoot in Israel, Italy and Egypt. Filming in Israel could prove too great of a logistical challenge given that the country is at war with Hamas in Gaza. (A rep for Scorsese declined comment.)

While Martin Scorsese is celebrating his latest epic “Killers of the Flower Moon” on the awards circuit, the filmmaker is already teasing what could be his next movie, based on Shūsaku Endō’s book “A Life of Jesus.” (Endō also wrote “Silence,” which Scorsese adapted into the 2016 historical drama starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.)

Scorsese revealed in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times that his next religious film will be set mostly in the present day, but, according to the paper, “Scorsese doesn’t want to be locked into a certain period, because he wants the film to feel timeless.” Plus, he envisions the film will clock in at around 80 minutes, a stark contrast to “Flower Moon’s” 206-minute runtime. Per the L.A. Times, the movie will focus on “Jesus’ core teachings in a way that explores the principles but doesn’t proselytize.”

“I’m trying to find a new way to make it more accessible and take away the negative onus of what has been associated with organized religion,” Scorsese told the publication. “Right now, ‘religion,’ you say that word and everyone is up in arms because it’s failed in so many ways. But that doesn’t mean necessarily that the initial impulse was wrong. Let’s get back. Let’s just think about it. You may reject it. But it might make a difference in how you live your life — even in rejecting it. Don’t dismiss it offhand. That’s all I’m talking about. And I’m saying that as a person who’s going to be 81 in a couple of days.”

Scorsese has already finished writing the screenplay for the Jesus movie with critic and filmmaker Kent Jones, who made his feature debut with the 2018 indie drama “Diane.” According to the L.A. Times, Scorsese plans to shoot the movie later this year.
The following users liked this post:
story (04-17-24)
Old 04-17-24, 04:10 PM
DVD Talk Hero
GoldenJCJ's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Colorado
Posts: 27,549
Received 3,303 Likes on 2,117 Posts
Re: Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jesus! And then to change it up a bit, Leonardo DiCaprio as Sinatra!
Old 04-17-24, 08:37 PM
DVD Talk Godfather & 2020 TOTY Winner
Decker's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Vegas, Baby!
Posts: 76,702
Received 6,413 Likes on 4,386 Posts
Re: Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jesus!
It'll be basically a remake of The Last Temptation of Christ, except in this version, Jesus finds out that Mary Magdalene is 25 years old before he rejects her.
The following users liked this post:
majorjoe23 (04-18-24)
Old 04-18-24, 10:48 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 712
Received 139 Likes on 104 Posts
Re: Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

Is there any role that Leonard DiCaprio can't play? Yes! But Scorsese will cast him anyway!

Last edited by HeIsTheZissou; 04-18-24 at 11:05 AM.
Old 04-18-24, 11:03 AM
DVD Talk Legend
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Posts: 17,279
Received 878 Likes on 616 Posts
Re: Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

Originally Posted by HeIsTheZissou
Is there any role that Leonard DiCaprio can't play? Yes! But Scorsese will case him anyway!
Can't wait for Scorsese to cast DiCaprio in the lead role for his biopic of Rosa Parks.
Old 04-18-24, 01:41 PM
DVD Talk Legend
B5Erik's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 13,611
Received 485 Likes on 355 Posts
Re: Life of Jesus (D: Scorsese)

So a fictional story and a biopic.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.