Martin Scorsese’s next film will be Silence… for now


On a clear night in the desert, roughly 2,500 stars are visible to the naked eye, which is also the number of projects that Martin Scorsese is juggling. For a while we thought a remake of The Gambler was his next movie. And then it was an adaptation of the Norwegian crime novel The Snowman. And it was also The Irishman with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino followed by a Frank Sinatra biopic starring Leonardo Dicaprio.

But okay, Scorsese’s next film is going to be an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence. Maybe.

On Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s Radio Five show in Canada, Scorsese said, “I’m hoping to do Endo’s book next, Silence… Not hoping, we’re literally pulling all the elements together at this point. Also excited to do another HBO series on the rock and roll business in the 60s, 70s, up to the 90s, and that’s with Mick Jagger and Terry Winter.”

Written in 1966, Silence focuses on a Jesuit missionary in 17th century Japan, where Christianity has been forced underground following the Shimbara Rebellion. The screenplay is by Jay Cocks, who also penned The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York for Scorsese. Though Daniel Day Lewis was attached to star (with Benicio del Toro and Gael García Bernal), he’s busy in the 19th century playing Abraham Lincoln. No word on his potential replacement for this potential next Scorsese movie.

Tune in tomorrow when Scorsese decides to do a remake of Raging Bull, but with a really thin guy.

[Via /Film]

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