A few years back, Martin Scorsese became attached to adapt Shusako Endo’s novel Silence to the big screen, although with so many projects on his plate, it had been put on the backburner in favor of other films – until now. During a recent radio interview, Scorsese stated that “we’re literally pulling all the elements together at this point.” The film will tell the story of 17th century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan in order to find their mentor and spread the word of Christianity, experiencing violence and persecution in the process. When the film was first announced, both Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro were attached to star as the two priests, however their involvement now remains uncertain. Day-Lewis has been keeping busy with Spielberg on Lincoln, so his schedule might not be clear to reteam with his Gangs of New York director.
Silence should mark another departure for the auteur, at least concerning the setting. However, thematically the film lines up well with Scorsese’s typical subjects of religion and violence. Should the scheduling work out, I’m sure we wouldn’t hear any complaints if Daniel Day-Lewis worked with him once again. I’d also like to see Del Toro in the mix if he’s still available. Even though this film has plenty of potential, I could see some fans getting disappointed that movies like The Irishman (a supposed reteaming with De Niro) or The Snowman will be pushed back. What do you think? Are you excited that Silence will be Martin Scorsese’s next film or would you rather see him tackle one of his many other projects?