Martin Scorsese is knee-deep in post-production on his latest film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," but he's already turned his eyes towards future projects. Reports indicate that he is adamant about finally directing an adaptation of Shusaku Endo's "Silence," which is centered on a 17th century Jesuit missionary sent to Japan.
Scorsese has had the adaptation in the works for over fifteen years now, and it's been his "next movie" at least once before. For example, he was set to direct the film after wrapping "Hugo," but he again delayed it and drew the ire of the production company holding the rights to the film.
Cecchi Gori Pictures threatened to sue Scorsese, but it appears those issues have been ironed out since the director is still attached to the project. In fact, he's currently in the process of auditioning actors for the film, which is looking at a mid-2014 production start date.
However, "Silence" isn't the only film Scorsese has in the works; there's also his long-gestating Frank Sinatra biopic, which is being written by "Hunger Games" scribe Billy Ray. A Sinatra film is another project Scorsese has been circling for the better part of a decade, and it looked to be imminent back in 2009, but Scorsese opted to focus on other projects instead.
Finally, Scorsese has also been working on an adaptation of Charles Brandt's "I Heard You Paint Houses" for a few years. The book, which chronicles the life of mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, would return Scorsese to the world of organized crime.
He'd be returning with some familiar faces as well, as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci are all rumored to star in the film. Scorsese recently held a script reading with those three in attendance, which is something Scorsese often does to "make sure the picture is making proper progress."
For now, however, Scorsese's attention is mostly turned towards "The Wolf on Wall Street," which will chronicle the rise and fall of white collar tycoon Jordan Belfort. The film will be released by Paramount later this year.