“Silence” is one those rare occasions where a film is being made of a real book and I’ve actually read that book. I read it in my Japanese History class in my freshman year of college (thanks Prof. DiCenzo!) and what I can remember about it is that it’s a lot like Hobbes (the philosopher, not the tiger) describes life: nasty, brutish, and (most importantly for a college student who’s a slow reader) short.
Martin Scorsese has had an adaptation of the book planned for some time but it looks like he’s determined to make it his follow up to “Shutter Island” (which should come out this fall) and is in negotiations with Daniel Day Lewis and Benecio Del Toro to star. That’s the thing about Martin Scorsese—he gets the powerhouse actors for his movies. Gael Garcia Bernal is also circling the project.