Martin Scorsese, following the world premiere of his upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon, embarked on a tour of Italy following the Cannes Film Festival. During his visit, Scorsese had the opportunity to meet privately with Pope Francis and express his potential intention to create a film centered around the life of Jesus. In a conference held at the Vatican in Rome, Scorsese suggested this religion-centered story could be on deck for the 80-year-old filmmaker.
The conference, titled “The Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination,” was organized by Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University. During the gathering, Scorsese engaged in conversations that interwove references to his previous films, personal anecdotes, and how the Pope’s plea to “let us see Jesus” had deeply resonated with him.
In the course of their discussion, Scorsese expressed his admiration for Pier Paolo Pasolini‘s The Gospel According to St. Matthew, highlighting its influence on his work including 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ, as well as his subsequent exploration of the figure of Jesus through his more recent 2016 drama Silence, which depicted the persecution of Jesuit Christians in 17th-century Japan and had the honor of being screened at the Vatican in 2016.
Rick Yorn, Scorsese’s manager, has not commented on the director’s newest religion-centered project.