Martin Scorsese's Silence Reportedly More Than 3 Hours Long

Liam Neeson in Silence

Cinephiles are starting to get excited by Martin Scorsese's long-gestating mob picture The Irishman finally coming into fruition, but the legendary director has another film to come out before he reunites with Robert De Niro. We speak of Silence, a religious drama that Scorsese has been developing since 1991. It is based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō, which tells the story of two Jesuit Catholic priests who face persecution when they travel to Japan to seek out their mentor and spread the word of Christianity. The film sports a top-notch cast that includes the likes of Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, and Andrew Garfield.

Scorsese has a tendency to make his works a bit on the long side; his The Wolf of Wall Street was a 3-hour opus of excess and debauchery. It would appear that Silence is another time-consuming endeavor, and going by the latest reports, it would be his lengthiest narrative feature to date.

According to Variety's Kris Tapley (hat tip The Playlist), Silence is currently 195 minutes, which is 3 hours and 15 minutes. Scorsese hopes to have the film locked sometime in October, so it's conceivable he could trim it down. As The Playlist points out, the director's first cut of 2002's Gangs of New York was more than three and a half hours, and entered theaters at a more svelte two and a half hours.

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