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HBO Looks Into A “Shutter Island” Series with Martin Scorsese

By Jef Dinsmore on Aug 26, 2014 to Ashecliffe


This one just hit the internet and will likely generate some buzz.  The Paramount movie Shutter island is about to be designed into a dramatic series for HBO with the Paramount Television division. Mr. Scorsese is said to already be on board to direct the series pilot which is to be written by Dennis Lehaneand is titled ASHECLIFFE. 

Shutter Island was a 2010 thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a U. S. Marshall investigating the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. The movie was directed by Martin Scorsese adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane. If you are not familiar it here is a trailer from that movie.

Now the series in development is said to examine the history of the hospital prior to the movie’s events. Deadline states –

The focus is the past of  the 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 used for the mentally ill.

Now ponder for a second, based on the simple statement above, just what are we talking about here. Is the drama to be more of a thriller with all of the ill evils and dark spaces similar to the tone of the move? Or, is it more of a dramatic piece similar to Cinemax’s THE KNICK as it chronicles the medical treatment of the mentally disturbed whether they are employee or patient? It is all interesting to consider which is why this information, sketchy as it is, gets our attention.  Here are a few words from Mr. S. on the movie:

This prequel certainly has a strong chance of airing on HBO with Mr. Scorsese involved. Don’t forget he directed the pilot and set the tone for BOARDWALK EMPIRE and is putting his stamp on the upcoming Music Industry series with Bobby Cannavale. Now we have ASHECLIFFE. Are you intrigued? We will watch out for this potential drama to be sure. Once Mr. Scorsese revisits the hospital on Shutter Island and shoots that pilot you hope that any subsequent director uses his work as the template that shapes the entire series. 

In tracking down the source material on this work the Lehane novel, Shutter Island, can be purchased and the movie is available via Netflix’s DVD Plan or on Amazon for 5 bucks. Keep your eye on HBOGO as well as it just might surface there soon. ASHECLIFFE could literally be an thrilling series and we hope it does come to fruition. We will watch out for this potential drama to be sure. Are you intrigued?  


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