‘Shutter Island’ TV Series: Martin Scorsese Developing HBO Prequel Adaptation ‘Ashecliffe’
Just last week we threw another name on to the pile of movie-TV reboots, and it seems the Hollywood machine has yet another adaptation in mind. Following the modest success of Martin Scorsese‘s Leonardo DiCaprio psychological thriller ‘Shutter Island,’ word is that HBO and Paramount are looking to develop a prequel series around the central island asylum, dubbing the new drama ‘Ashecliffe.’
Per Deadline, the new series would take place before the events of the 2010 film, as well as Dennis Lehane’s original novel. ‘Ashcliffe’ would look to explore the past of its titular hospital, including “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.”
Moreover, Scorsese would potentially direct the pilot episode, working off a script penned by Lehane himself. Both will executive produce, alongside ‘Shutter Island’ star Leonardo DiCaprio, and a number of others, though Scorsese’s availability between future projects could affect the timing of ‘Ashecliffe”s development.
For those unfamiliar with Lehane’s best-selling ‘Shutter Island,’ or its film adaptation, the story highlights a U.S. Marshal (DiCaprio) who arrives to the Ashecliffe institution in search of a missing patient, only to unravel a deeper mystery that brings his own sanity into question. The movie boasted quite a cast as well, from the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer and many more.
It isn’t much to go on for the moment, but what do you think? Was ‘Shutter Island’ worthy of an ‘Ashecliffe’ prequel TV series at HBO? Watch the original trailer below, and give us your take in the comments!