File this in the “it must be nice to be able to make these types of decisions” category: Despite the success of “The Departed,” Martin Scorsese has decided he’d like to pursue his next project outside of the studio system.

“I think I am finding that when there are very big budgets there is less risk that can be taken,” Scorsese told reporters in Rome after a press screening of “The Departed.”

He said Warner Brothers Pictures had been supportive and patient as he shot “an experimental film like ‘The Departed’, which we only finished three weeks ago.”

“But I don’t know how much longer that can hold out, with regard to what kind of movie they – the major studios – would like to make and the kind of film I’d like to make.”

His next project is an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence” and tells the story of two 17th century Portuguese missionaries.

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