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Scorsese Turns to Silence

By Garth Franklin Tuesday August 17th 2004 04:31PM

IGN Filmforce reports that during a recent magazine interview, "De-Lovely" screenwriter Jay Cocks revealed a new project that he's collaborating on with director Martin Scorsese (they teamed before on "Gangs of New York" and "The Age of Innocence").

Cocks is reportedly "working with Scorsese on a movie called Silence about Jesuit priests in Japan in the 17th century. There's talk that Silence be an adaptation of Shusaku Endo's 1980 novel of the same name. The book "is set in sixteenth century Japan, where Portuguese missionaries must contend with traders from rival European nations and the persecution of Christians by Japanese feudal lords".

Thanks to 'Stax'

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