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Martin Scorsese to adapt Shusaku Endo’s “Silence”

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It appears that Martin Scorsese's next film project after the Hugo Cabret adaptation is going to be his take on Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel Silence, a decade-long passion project of Scorsese's. The book revolves around two persecuted Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan. The subject matter is not surprising considering Scorsese's early seminary training and admiration for Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

The script was written by Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York screenwriter Jay Cocks, and Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal were all previously attached to the project, so if that stays the same, let's just give Day-Lewis the Oscar right now. If you're a Scorsese fan, you'll watch a three-hour movie of De Niro watching paint dry in black and white, so this is welcome news.