Martin Scorsese Revives Adaptation of 'Silence' for His Next Project
Nearly three years ago, there were rumblings that director Martin Scorsese (who has the fantastic film Hugo in theaters right now) would take on an adaptation of Shusako Endo's novel Silence, the story of missionaries in 17th Century Japan, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro attached to star. The project hadn't made any progress since then, but in a recent interview on Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s Radio Five show (via Bleeding Cool), Scorsese said he's actually looking to take on the film as his next project. That might mean his confirmed adaptation of The Snowman is likely on the backburner now.
In speaking to the radio hosts, Scorsese simply said, "I’m hoping to do Endo’s book next, Silence… Not hoping, we’re literally pulling all the elements together at this point." For those who haven't heard of this project before, the story is set in the 17th century and focuses on two Jesuit priests that face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. Day-Lewis and del Toro were lined up for those two lead roles with Gael Garcia Bernal taking on some part as well, however, it's not clear if those talents would still be involved.
When asked whether he would still reunite with his Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence star Daniel Day-Lewis for the project, Scorsese said, "I’m not sure. Daniel’s working with Steve right now, Steve Spielberg." The actor is leading the director's historical drama Lincoln as the titular 16th President of the United States, but perhaps he could do Scorsese's movie after completing Spielberg's film. As for del Toro's involvement, if he ends up taking that villainous role in Star Trek 2, that will likely count him out of the running too. Either way, it sounds like Scorsese is gearing up for Silence soon, so stay tuned for updates.