Martin Scorsese Finally Shooting 'Silence' Adaptation in July of 2014
by Ethan Anderton
April 19, 2013
For years now, Martin Scorsese has put off an adaptation of Silence, based on the novel by Shusako Endo. At one time names like Daniel Day-Lewis and and Benicio del Toro were slated to start, but the project has been delayed on and off nearly every single year. But just this past January, there was word that he might finally be circling back to the project and shoot sometime in 2014. Now Deadline confirms that financing has been secured Emmettt/Furla Films and Paul Breuls and his Corsan Films to allow production to begin in Taiwan in July of 2014, but the actual start date is dependent on the cast that comes together.
The project is supposedly moving very quickly, and plans even include a trip to Cannes for Scorsese when the film is ready to launch. 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, but we're not sure what kind of cast Scorsese can like up now. Supposedly Daniel Day-Lewis is taking another small break from acting (he does this every so often), but if anyone could convince him, it's Scorsese. Stay tuned.