The hit movie, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, is being developed into a TV series named ‘Ashecliffe,’ with Martin Scorsese directing the pilot episode, HollywoodLife.com’s sister site Deadline reports.
‘Shutter Island’ Show: Martin Scorsese Adapting His Thriller For HBO
The film, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, focused on a US marshal (DiCaprio) investigating the disappearance of a psychiatric patient from an island hospital.
The HBO series, tentatively named Ashecliffe after the hospital the film is set in, would be a prequel, exploring the stories of its founders.
Martin will direct the pilot episode, which will be written by Dennis Lehane, the crime writer who wrote the novel that Shutter Island is based on.
Dennis also wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, which were also successfully adapted into films.
The series was an idea by Paramount TV head Amy Powell, who brought it to Martin and a producer of the original movie, among a few other people, Deadline reports. They enlisted Dennis, who loved the idea of expanding the vision of his bestselling novel.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem likely that Leonardo will be involved with the HBO series. That may be best, though, since the actor once said that filming the movie was very traumatic.
Shutter Island “[was] one of the most intense, hardcore filming experiences I’ve ever had,” he told Parade in 2010.
“We explored what the mentally ill had to face in the days when mental hospitals were called insane asylums. It was really very traumatic, and I don’t say that about a film very often. I went to places and unearthed some things that I didn’t think I was capable of. It was like an emotional layer cake that just kept getting deeper and deeper,” Leo added.
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— Chris Rogers