HBO will bring an updated version of a Martin Scorsese movie to television as a series. An exclusive report by Deadline.com says the pay cabler is at work on a version of the famed director’s 2010 psychological thriller “Shutter Island.”
“Tentatively titled ‘Ashecliffe,’ the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel that Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in,” the story reports.
The report adds: “Ashecliffe is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of 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 use for the mentally ill.”
Scorsese, who directed the pilot for the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” is also working on an unititled 1970s rock ‘n’ roll project for HBO with Mick Jagger, along with “Boardwalk Empire” creator and “The Wolf of Wall Street” writer Terence Winter, the report notes.
“I’m told the series was an idea by Paramount TV head Amy Powell, who brought it to Scorsese and LBI’s Yorn and Chris Donnelly and Brad Fischer, a producer of the original movie who is now partners in Mythology Entertainment with Kalogridis and James Vanderbilt,” Mike Fleming Jr. writes in the Deadline piece. “They enlisted Lehane, the ‘Mystic River’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone’ author, who loved the idea [to] expand the vision of his bestselling novel.”