Martin Scorsese wants to return to Christian religious drama for new film about Jesus Christ

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Martin Scorsese wants to tell another story about Jesus of Nazareth for his next film, and he’s already been writing the screenplay for it.

Martin Scorsese has talked of late about knowing that he only has a handful of films left, yet knowing that there’s so many more that he would take on if he could. The legendary director has Killers Of The Flower Moon releasing later this year which will once again see him painting on a broad canvas as he unites a host of movie icons with an incredibly large-scale physical production. What’s more, Scorsese seems to have already settled on his next project and his ambitions aren’t getting any smaller.

Speaking to La Civiltà Cattolica (via Variety), the filmmaker revealed that “I have responded to the Pope’s appeal to artists in the only way I know how: by imagining and writing a screenplay for a film about Jesus. And I’m about to start making it.”

Scorsese didn’t reveal any more details about the project, but it’s not entirely surprising given that his films often contain overt religious iconography or in some cases such as Silence, deal directly with figures of faith.

Scorsese has even directly tackled the story of Jesus Christ before in 1988’s The Last Temptation Of Christ, which reshaped some of the events laid out in the gospels, depicting the life of Christ.

The Last Temptation Of Christ

The Last Temptation Of Christ

It’s unclear as yet whether Scorsese would be looking to re-tell this part of Christ’s life or depict an earlier point from the Bible’s stories about him. Either way, the veteran director has Killers Of The Flower Moon to release first, following a successful premiere at Cannes. That particular film will launch in October but it seems Scorsese has at least some of his attention focused on the next project. We’ll bring you more on this story as it develops…

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