I’ve lost count of how many times Nick’s mentioned Shutter Island because I only have ten fingers, so this news is sure to make him happy: HBO & Paramount are working to bring a series based on Shutter Island to TV. Tentatively titled Ashecliffe, after the name of the mental hospital in the movie, HBO & Paramount are planning to have original director Martin Scorsese also direct the pilot from a script written by Dennis Lehane, the original author of the novel. The series is set before the events in the movie and will chronicle the history of Ashecliffe and the dubious treatments, experiments and secrets of the hospitals founders.
For those of you unfamiliar with the original movie, like me [we can no longer be friends – Editor aka Kervyn], it was released in 2010 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio as US Marshall Edward ”Teddy” Daniels:
“It’s 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He’s been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn’t been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy’s shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals “escape” in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.”
That actually sounds pretty good, I really should get around to watching this.
Last Updated: August 26, 2014