Martin Scorsese’s prestige independent drama and passion project Silence is moving ahead with a January 30 production start in Taiwan as the latest financing element has entered the equation.
Mexico’s Fábrica de Cine alongside SharpSword Films have come on board to produce and provide financing for the Shusaku Endo adaptation and will manage the production under the joint entity FM Films.
Paramount will distribute in the US in 2016 while AI Films/IM Global oversee international sales.
Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver star in the story about 17th century Portuguese Jesuits in Japan during the notorious period of Christian persecution.
Fábrica de Cine head Gastón Pavlovich joins Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff on the producer roster alongside Randall Emmett, Irwin Winkler and Barbara DeFina.
SharpSword Films backer Dale Brown serves as executive producer with Matthew Malek, Tyler Zacharia, George Furla and Chad Verdi.
“I’ve wanted to make Silence for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality,” said Scorsese. “It is heartening to have adventurous partners like Fabrica and Sharpsword to work with on this picture.”
“Fábrica de Cine is pleased to be involved in producing and financing a project of such high caliber, and directed by someone we so greatly respect,” said Pavlovich.
Fábrica de Cine co-produced and co-financed the Tom Hanks drama A Hologram For The King, which wrapped production last May and set to produce Oppenheimer Strategies with Richard Gere in February.
SharpSword Films most recently participated in the financing of The Ticket, starring Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman and Oliver Platt, which wrapped production last August.