Martin Scorsese planning to adapt Shusaku Endo's Silence

In Silence, Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo pens a quiet tale redefining martyrdom. Now, according to Variety, Martin Scorsese plans to adapt this revolutionary story into his next film.

Endo's protagonist, a Jesuit priest named Sebastion Rodrigues, travels secretly to Japan to evangelize after the Shimabara Rebellion in the 17th Century. Christianity is illegal, and Fr. Rogrigues dreams of a glorious martyrdom. But God seems silent to the Rodrigues, which forces the priest into a greater martyrdom than he expected; losing his faith and finding it at the same time. 

GK Films is negotiating with Oscar-winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro to star in the Graham King and Gianni Nunneri-produced film. Jay Cocks, who also worked with Scorsese and Day-Lewis on Gangs of New York, wrote the screenplay.

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