After every Scorsese movie, fans start wondering what he’ll make next, and for the last few years in between each film rumours have surfaced that he was finally planning to shoot Silence, which he’s been attached to for over two decades.
Now Deadline reports that he’s finally planning to actually make the movie, based on Shusaku Endo’s controversial 1967 novel. The book is about two 17th century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity, and discover that believers have been forced undergrounds and are being tortured. The book’s title refers to God’s silence during these troubling times.
Deadline’s report seems to confirm that Scorsese has officially left Snowman behind, with Universal recently said to be looking elsewhere for a director.
Financing is apparently now set for Silence and a shoot is planned for July 2014. Before then we’ll get Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, which is out at the end of the year, and reunites the director with Leo DiCaprio.