HBO and Paramount Developing SHUTTER ISLAND TV Series

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HBO and Paramount Television are reportedly plotting a Shutter Island-related series tentatively titled Ashecliffe, with Martin Scorsese directing the pilot scripted by “Shutter Island” author Dennis Lehane.

Leonardo DiCaprio who starred in Scorsese’s twisty 2010 psychological thriller will also be involved in TV adaptation as an executive producer.

Ashecliffe is the name of the mental hospital that DiCaprio’s character investigates in the 1950s-set Shutter Island.

Ashecliffe is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of hospital, and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th Century and developed the methods of treatment use for the mentally ill.

It remains to be seen if the TV show eventually enlists Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow to reprise their roles.

Scorsese next directs his long-held dream Silence, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Shusaku Endo so Ashecliffe pilot will be determined by the filmmaker’s availability, but I do hope it works out. Production begins in early 2015 in Taiwan.