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Updated January 10th, 2024 at 15:50 IST

Martin Scorsese says his new Jesus film aims to 'take away the negatives' of organised religion

Martin Scorsese said that his new Jesus film will remove the negative association with organised religion appeared first on Consequence.

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Martin Scorsese confirmed last year that he had a project in the pipeline about Jesus Christ after meeting Pope Francis. The filmmaker has now revealed that the screenplay is complete and production is scheduled. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Scorsese shared his vision for the movie.

Martin Scorsese opens up about his new Jesus film

Martin Scorsese said that his new Jesus film will remove the negative association with organised religion appeared first on Consequence.

A file photo of Martin Scorsese | Image: AP

 

"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 organised religion," Scorsese told the Los Angeles Times.

What will be the run time of Scorsese's Jesus film?

Director Martin Scorsese has revealed that the picture will only be 80 minutes long - a far cry from the lengthy runtimes of his recent movies and is to focus on the principles of Jesus Christ's core teachings, reports aceshowbiz.

Scorsese said: "Right now, 'religion', you say that word and everyone is up in arms because it's failed in some ways. 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."

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A file photo of Martin Scorsese | Image: AP

 

The legendary filmmaker explained how the movie will reflect what several of his previous projects have attempted to achieve. Scorsese said: "I tried finding it with 'Kundun' and 'The Last Temptation of Christ', even 'Gangs of New York', to a certain extent, ways into redemption and the human condition and how we deal with the negative things inside us."

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"Are we decent and then learn to become indecent? Can we change? Will others accept that change? And it really is, I think, a fear of society and culture that's corrupted because of its lack of grounding in morality and spirituality. Not religion. Spirituality. Denying that."

A file photo of Martin Scorsese | Image: AP

 

He added: "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. But there's a basic fundamental belief that I have - or I'm trying to have - and I'm using these films to find it."

This will not be Scorsese's first film about Jesus Christ. He directed the controversial 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

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(With inputs from IANS)

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Published January 10th, 2024 at 15:50 IST

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