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Martin Scorsese to Make a Film about Jesus

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Another Scorcese Jesus Film May Be in the Works

On a post-Cannes trip to Italy, Scorsese met with The Pope and suggested that yet another film about Jesus is forthcoming. 

Martin Scorcese Goes to Italy 

After Martin Scorsese’s most recent film, Killers of the Flower Moon, debuted at Cannes, he and his wife, Helen Morris, took a trip to Italy, where they attended a series of religious events. 

At “The Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination” (a conference organized by Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University), Scorsese explained how “How the Holy Father’s appeal ‘to let us see Jesus’ moved him” before discussing a variety of films. He expressed his love for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St Matthew as well as touching on some of his own work, specifically The Last Temptation of Christ and Silence

Prior to the conference, Scorsese and Morris were able to briefly meet with Pope Francis during a private conference at the Vatican.

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(Another) Movie About Jesus! 

In 1988, Scorsese shocked the Catholic community with his controversial The Last Temptation of Christ. The film stars Willem Dafoe as an imperfect Jesus (one scene, for example, features a dream sequence in which Jesus and Mary Magdalene have sex). 

In 2016, Scorsese’s film Silence (about persecution of 17th-century Jesuit Christians in Japan) screened at the Vatican, and Scorsese was able to meet Pope Francis. This meeting softened relations between one of Hollywood’s most celebrated Catholic directors and the Vatican.  

Now, after meeting with the pope yet again, Scorsese has decided to make another movie about Jesus. 

At “The Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination,” Scorsese declared: 

“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.”  He then stated: “And I’m about to start making it.”

No further information regarding this potential film has been released. However, given Scorsese’s historic filmography, if he does make yet another film about Jesus, it is sure to make waves both within Hollywood and the Catholic community. 

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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988): Official Trailer

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