A television series based on Martin Scorsese's 2010 film Shutter Island, which was based based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel, is heading to the small screen.
HBO is teaming with Paramount Television for the project, which is currently titled Ashecliffe (tentatively). The series draws its name from the story’s fictional psychiatric island hospital. Scorsese is planning on directing the pilot. They enlisted Lehane, the Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone author who loved the idea and will expand the vision of his bestselling novel, along with Tom Bernardo, in penning the screenplay. Scorsese, Lehane, Brad Fischer, Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran Davisson will serve as executive producers.
Ashecliffe would take place at the island mental hospital depicted in Scorsese`s film and Lehane`s novel, with the TV series serving as a prequel to the movie and taking place before the events in the film, exploring the hospital’s past, seedy beginnings, and wrongdoings by its founders. No word yet on casting or how the series would be structured but the initial premise sounds like a potential season of American Horror Story. Hopefully the creators will take it into some dark, phantasmagorical territory.
It continues Martin Scorsese`s ongoing relationship with HBO, which already includes Boardwalk Empire, and an upcoming, untitled 1970s rock ‘n’ roll drama with Boardwalk Empire partner Terence Winter and Breaking Bad‘s George Mastras, starring Bobby Cannavale.
It also furthers the trend of mining studios’ film libraries for potential TV properties, with Narc, School of Rock, The Truman Show and Ghost currently in various stages of small screen development. Not to mention the current properties doing very well with TV watchers like Hannibal and Fargo and HBO`s own upcoming Westworld series.
No word yet on when the series may start moving forward but it’s most likely after Scorsese finishes production on his long-gestating movie Silence.
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