by: Sammy Mink
HBO and Paramount are teaming up to turn Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” into a TV series. The project, called ASHECLIFFE, would be directed by Scorsese and penned by Dennis Lehane, the author of the novel the film was based on. The title refers to the mental institution Ashecliffe Hospital, where the events of the film take place. In the film version, Leonardo DiCaprio starred as a U.S. Marshall who goes to the island to investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of the patients. Scorsese, Lehane, DiCaprio, Brad Fischer, Jennifer Killoran Davisson, Mike Medavoy and Arvie Messer are all executive producers.
This project is the latest in a long line of films that are being turned into TV series. Most recently, “Fargo” drew massive audiences on FX this year and Nickelodeon is developing a series based on the Paramount film of the same name starring Jack Black.