Martin Scorsese moots potential next projects

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With Killers Of The Flower Moon set to release imminently, Martin Scorsese has been discussing his options for his next film.

Martin Scorsese may be 80 years old but he isn’t planing on stepping away from filmmaking any time soon. With Killers Of The Flower Moon set to release in cinemas next month the veteran filmmaker will be busy for a while longer yet as he promotes the film, especially as Apple, the movie’s financiers have granted it a much wider theatrical run.

However, with the creative part of the process seemingly complete, Scorsese is turning his attention to the other projects that he has brewing and in a profile piece with Timehe’s been chatting about what comes next, insisting that he still has stories to tell.

One possible project that Scorsese mentions in the piece is an adaptation of the Marilynne Robinson novel, Home. This is the first time we’ve heard the director float this project but it seems like a smaller, more intimate choice than the films that Scorsese has largely made in the most recent phase of his career. Here’s the synopsis for the novel:

‘The Reverend Boughton’s hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past.’

There’s also Scorsese’s religious drama that he revealed in May, in which he wants to once again portray the life of Jesus Christ. The filmmaker has previously explored this territory with 1988’s The Last Temptation Of Christ but as with Home, Scorsese looks to angling at this project from a fresher direction, revealing in the piece that, “I don’t know what it’s going to be, exactly. I don’t know what you’d call it. It wouldn’t be a straight narrative, but there would be staged scenes. And I’d be in it.”

It sounds like a real departure from Scorsese’s usual style and we can’t help but be intrigued by these nuggets of information. Scorsese is rumoured to have a few other long-standing potential irons in the fire such as a Jerry Garcia biopic along with a Teddy Roosevelt biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio attached, However, the fact that he doesn’t mention these in the piece could be telling.

Whichever direction he does move in next, we’ll be watching keenly. Killers Of The Flower Moon hits cinemas on October 20th.

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