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Martin Scorsese is Trying to Make 'Silence' His Next Project Yet Again

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January 21, 2013

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Back in December of 2011, word came around that Martin Scorsese had circled back to his long gestating adaptation of Silence, based on the novel by Shusako Endo's. But then March of 2012 brought news that Scorsese had settled on an adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street instead (which looks to be Leo DiCaprio's last performance for a little while). Now Deadline has word that Scorsese is coming back to Silence yet again, and he has an eye towards production starting in mid-2014. Is there a chance that Scorsese could get once attached Daniel Day-Lewis back to reprise the role following his Oscar nominated Lincoln turn?

There's no telling what kind of cast Scorsese will round up, but you can bet it will be good. A reunion with his Gangs of New York star would be heavenly, but there's plenty of good actors out there. And with DiCaprio taking a step back from acting for a bit, this will force Scorsese to find a new leading man again. For those not familiar with Silence, 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. That's definitely the logline for a Best Picture nominee if I've ever heard one. But we'll see if Scorsese actually gets around to directing this adaptation or finds something else again.

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  • http://twitter.com/rltuva Robert L. Tuva
    Christian Bale should be spreading the gospel of Christianity.
  • avi
    everybody should follow Scorsese...
  • David Banner
    Hmm...isn't Marty long over due with another movie is contractually obligated to make, i.e., he got paid for it upfront, a long time ago(9 years ago?)? Did this "problem" go away?
    • http://twitter.com/sikri06 Simon Kristiansen
      No. This is the one he has been trying to make since The Aviator. The financing has been a problem because Cecchi Gori, who owns the rigths to the novel, have not been able to come up with the money for the budget.
  • sedna
    this is great, I've always wanted to see this one!
  • Marcus
    Since 'Silence' is the story of a "young Jesuit missionary" I don't know if it would make sense for an actor in his fifties to be playing that role. I would love to see somebody new to the Scorsese world like Emile Hirsch in the title role.
    • http://twitter.com/sikri06 Simon Kristiansen
      Daniel Day-Lewis is playing Ferreira, not Rodrigues or Garpe.

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