Martin Scorsese Renews Paramount Deal Through 2019

Studio has distributed director’s last three films

Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese has extended his current deal with Paramount through 2019, TheWrap has learned.

“Marty is one of our industry’s most prolific and celebrated filmmakers and he is also an integral part of the Paramount family,” studio chairman and CEO Brad Grey said. “We are looking forward to many more years and many more great films at Paramount Pictures.”

The studio has released Scorsese’s last three features, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Hugo” and “Shutter Island, and also released his feature-length documentaries “Shine a Light,” about the Rolling Stones, and “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.”

Paramount will release Scorsese’s next film “Silence,” starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, with Scorsese producing and directing. Jay Cocks and Scorsese wrote the script.

Under the extended deal, Paramount will develop a number of projects with Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions, including “The Devil in the White City,” directed by Scorsese, with Leonardo DiCaprio starring and producing with Jennifer Davisson. The film is written by Billy Ray and based on Erik Larson’s bestselling novel of the same name.

The studio is also developing an untitled Leonard Bernstein biopic and “The Irishman,” to be directed by Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, and written by Steve Zaillian.

In addition, Paramount Television collaborated with Scorsese on HBO’s upcoming drama series “Vinyl,” debuting in 2016. Set in 1970s New York, the show is seen through the eyes of record label president Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his music company at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop.

It will be executive produced by Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter. Winter will also serve as showrunner.