Veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese mentioned this week he has completed the screenplay for a brand new film that can make Jesus’ teachings “more accessible.”
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Scorsese mentioned he desires to strip faith of its damaging accretions and return to the “original impulse” that makes spirituality engaging.
The movie, set to run for some 80 minutes, will discover Jesus’ core teachings in a contemporary method that permits individuals to see them in a brand new mild.
“I’m trying to find a new way to make it more accessible and take away the negative onus of what has been associated with organized religion,” Scorsese informed L.A. Times columnist Glenn Whipp.
In his interview, Scorsese mentioned that a number of of his previous movies, together with Kundun, The Last Temptation of Christ, and even Gangs of New York, sought to search out methods into “redemption and the human condition and how we deal with the negative things inside us.”
He went on to say that it’s “a fear of a society and culture that’s corrupted because of its lack of grounding in morality and spirituality. Not religion. Spirituality. Denying that.”
“So for me, it’s finding my own way in a … if you want to say the term ‘religious’ sense, but I hate to use that language, because it’s misinterpreted often,” he mentioned. “But there’s basic fundamental beliefs that I have — or I’m trying to have — and I’m using these films to find it.”
“Right now, ‘religion,’ you say that word and everyone is up in arms because it’s failed in so many ways,” Scorsese mentioned. “But that doesn’t mean necessarily that the initial impulse was wrong. Let’s get back.”
“Let’s just think about it. You may reject it. But it might make a difference in how you live your life — even in rejecting it. Don’t dismiss it offhand. That’s all I’m talking about,” he added.
Scorsese additionally asserted his agency perception within the energy of forgiveness to vary the world.
Forgiveness is an virtually unattainable aim for human beings, he mentioned, “but I really believe in it.”
“If we nurture forgiveness, maybe the world could change, ultimately. I’m not saying next year. It could be a thousand years from now, if we’re still around,” he mentioned.
The director mentioned that it was an encounter with Pope Francis that impressed him to make the movie.
Last 12 months, Scorsese traveled to Italy along with his spouse to attend a convention titled the Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination, after which he met briefly with Pope Francis.
He later mentioned, “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.”