Legendary filmmaker to make project his next.

Finally, after a number of years of being pushed back, Martin Scorsese is set to move forward with his passion project, ‘Silence,’ with a July 2014 production start being eyed with the script coming from Scorsese and Jay Cocks.

An adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s 1960 novel, the story follows two 17th Century Jesuit priests who risk their lives to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity.

The legendary filmmaker has been developing the project since 1991, and has come close numerous times, with actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro among the actors linked to the lead roles.

Now, with the financial backing of Emmett/Furla Films and Paul Breuls and his Corsan Films, things are moving fast and according to Deadline, plans are in motion for Scorsese to launch the film at Cannes.

Endō’s masterpiece was previously adapted by Japanese filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda and released in 1971.