HBO and Paramount Television are in the early developmental stage on a new television drama based off the 2010 thriller Shutter Island, Deadline reports.
The new drama series Ashecliffe (working title) will act as a prequel to Shutter Island, taking place prior to the events depicted within the film. Ashecliffe will center around the “secrets and misdeeds” of the Ashecliffe mental hospital’s founders.
Shutter Island starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as two US Marshals who are sent undercover to investigate the Ashecliffe mental hospital, located on Shutter Island in the Boston Harbor, after one of the hospital’s patients mysteriously disappears.
Martin Scorsese will is expected to return to direct the seires’ pilot which will be written by Dennis Lehane, the author of the book on which Shutter Island was based upon.
This will be Scorsese’s third project with HBO. The Oscar winning director previously work with the network as the director of Boardwalk Empire‘s pilot and he is currently working on a yet to be titled 1970s set rock ‘n’ roll project with Mick Jagger and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter producing.
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