Cinematic master reviving his passion project.

During an appearance on Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s radio show, ‘Hugo’ director Martin Scorsese revealed that he is set to revive his planned adaptation of Shusako Endo’s 1960’s novel ‘Silence.’

The last update on the adaptation emerged three years ago, when it was reported that Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal were set to star in the 17th Century-set drama. The story follows two Jesuit priests as they journey to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity.

“I’m hoping to do Endo’s book next, ‘Silence’… Not hoping, we’re literally pulling all the elements together at this point,” said Scorsese. When asked if Day-Lewis would still be starring in the adaptation, the director replied, “I’m not sure. Daniel’s working with Steve right now, Steve Spielberg.”

The legendary filmmaker is currently attached to numerous projects, including an adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s crime thriller ‘The Snowman’ and a remake of the 1974 drama ‘The Gambler.’ It appears that these projects will now be taking a back seat to ‘Silence,’ which has been a passion project for the director for over a decade.

Scorsese’s stunning fantasy epic ‘HUGO starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Jude Law is now showing in Irish cinemas.