Recently, Scorsese has been attached to direct an adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s crime thriller The Snowman, and he’s also been talking up his long time coming The Irishman, a back-on-home-turf mob drama with Robert DeNiro.
The latest news, though, is that both of those projects will be taking a back seat to an adaptation of Silence, Shusako Endo’s mid-60s novel about Jesuit missionaries in 17th Century Japan. It’s been on Scorsese’s list for some time, and a recent publication contains a forward he has written.
While I have never read the book, I have seen Masahrio Shinoda’s movie, co-scripted by Endo, and found it pretty compelling if not entirely satisfying.
Scorsese was guesting on Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s Radio Five show. Here’s a direct quote:
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.
Previously, I believe, the HBO show was being touted as 70s set, but that’s definitely not what Scorsese is promising there. Perhaps it’s just a case of the pilot being 70s bound and other episodes landing in different times, or perhaps the 60s, 80s and 90s material will just cover flashbacks and forwards. We’ll see.
Scorsese has had great critical success with remakes before, and he seems immune, somehow, to the stigma attached to the remake process. I’m sure this remake of Silence, or re-adaptation, won’t be met with too much cynicism.
Another interesting thing, just as a footnote, comes from how the conversation turned to The Silence. To get Scorsese onto the subject of his next project, Mayo asked:
And it’s Daniel Day Lewis for you next, Martin?
And the reply was:
I’m not sure. Daniel’s working with Steve right now, Steve Spielberg.
For a while at least, Silence was set to star Day Lewis and Benicio Del Toro. Does this throw doubt onto Day Lewis’ involvement?
While we’re at it with the stretching, let’s go crazy. Scorsese praises two English films elsewhere in the podcast – Archipelago and Fish Tank – so we might as well throw Tom Hiddleston and Michael Fassbender on the “possible replacements” pile. Y’know, just to get some silly rumours going.
So, Martin Scorsese’s Silence coming next. The upper case S is all important.