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Scorsese Breaks Silence
Adapting the Japanese novel

26 September 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: Production Weekly

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With The Departed about to enter cinemas, Martin Scorsese is already thinking about his next film. And the most likely candidate has been found.

He’s sticking with adaptations from Asia (The Departed, after all, is based on Hong Kong’s Infernal Affairs cop drama), taking on Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence. It’s something he’s been considering for a while – it was on his development slate before Departed arrived.

The story is set in 16th century Japan where Portuguese missionaries must contend with the feudal lords’ hatred of the religion and the violence directed towards priests. Their methods include forcing religious types to deny their faith, usually by having step on a “fumie”, or Christian image, such as a crucifix. Two Portuguese priests make the difficult journey to Japan to comfort converts and find the truth about a fellow holy man who apparently gave up his faith under duress.

Scorsese’s current plan is to shoot in Vancouver next summer.

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Scorsese ceased to be relevant years ago. His movies now are bloated old carcasses that need putting out of their misery. Gangs of New York is easily the worst film in his cannon and The Aviator little better. I don't imagine The Departed will be any more tolerable. And the less we see of DiCaprio the better. More

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L: taz_e Sold out! sp; No he hasnt, hes moving on. More

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It's got potential if done properly,haven't seen Masahiro Shinoda's adaptation which Masters of Cinema are releasing soon but it's a highly acclaimed film. More

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well, it kinda sounds like the mission, which also had a borning plot BUT was a fantastic film More

Posted by Panom_Yeerum at 15:32 on 26 September 2006 | Report This Post

Sold out! More

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Well that sounds boring, when's he gonna do Travis Bickle: The Puberty Years More

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