Martin Scorsese to bring Silence to the Screen

silenceMartin Scorsese plans to shoot a film version of Shusaku Endo’s 1966 classic novel, Silence.   The novel tells the story of a 17th century Jesuit missionary sent to Japan to investigate a fellow Jesuit who is rumored to have turned on the church, by committing an act of apostasy.  The importance of the novel is its exploration of the silence of God in the face face of suffering.

Total Film reports that Scorsese considers this a very personal film because the book touched him so.   The great director already has a script by Jay Cocks (Mean Streets) and has cast Andre Garfield (Spider Man, Social Network) in the role of Father Sebastiao Rodrigues.

The novel deals with realities of the inner life of the priest amid a clash of cultures and the resulting exterior violence.  It will be interesting to see if Scorsese can capture the sense of spiritual movements without losing them in gruesome torture scenes.  To the degree he is able to do this, the film like the book could become a classic in Catholic fiction.