Martin Scorsese has extended his overall feature deal with Paramount Pictures through 2019.
Paramount CEO Brad Grey has fostered a close relationship with the filmmaker. Before taking the top job at the studio, Grey was a lead producer on Scorsese’s The Departed (2006) alongside Brad Pitt and Graham King.
“Marty is one of our industry’s most prolific and celebrated filmmakers and he is also an integral part of the Paramount family,” said Grey. “We are looking forward to many more years and many more great films at Paramount Pictures.”
Once arriving at Paramount, Grey struck the producing pact with Scorsese. The studio released his last three films: Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street, and is likewise handling his next film, Silence.
Ken Watanabe, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson star in the adaptation of Shusako Endo’s novel, about two 17th century Portuguese missionaries who undertake a perilous journey to Japan in search of their mentor. Silence is slotted for a 2016 release.
Paramount is developing a number of films for Scorsese to direct, including a Leonard Bernstein biopic from a script by Spotlight writer Josh Singer. It’s the first time the studio has confirmed the project, which will explore the life of the legendary composer and conductor.
Scorsese also will direct Leonardo DiCaprio in the film adaptation The Devil in the White City, and Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in The Irishman.
Scorsese will continue to be based out of his New York offices.