Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese met Pope Francis over the weekend and said he is inspired to make a film about Jesus.
According to Variety, the 80-year-old cinema icon and his wife Helen Morris met Pope Francis during a brief private audience at the Vatican on Saturday.
“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. And I’m about to start making it,” Scorsese said during the Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination conference at the Vatican.
Scorsese reflected on his previous films that centred on Christianity, including 2016’s “Silence” about Christian priests being persecuted in 17th century Japan and the controversial “The Last Temptation of Christ,” which was condemned by the Catholic Church in 1988.
“My whole life has been movies and religion. That’s it. Nothing else,” the filmmaker said.
The conference was organised by Jesuit publication La Civilta Cattolica and Georgetown University.
The filmmaker was visiting Italy after the premiere of his directorial venture Killers of the Flower Moon at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival. The film features Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone and Jesse Plemons.
(PTI; Picture Courtesy: Reuters)