‘Shutter Island’ TV Series Is In the Works

June Javelosa – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – If the cable network’s list of successful productions are anything to go by (Game of Thrones, Girls and The Newsroom, for starters), the new series based on the 2010 psychological thriller is set to become one of HBO’s most anticipated programs.

Shutter Island (the movie) was actually based on the novel of the same name first published in 2003 and starred big name Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams and Mark Ruffalo, with acclaimed director Martin Scorsese at the helm.

According to Deadline, HBO is partnering with Paramount TV, with the show being premised as a prequel to the 2010 big screen thriller.

“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,” Deadline reports.

The project is tentatively called “Ashecliffe,” which is the name of the hospital featured in the film. Set in the 50s, the series focuses on the backstory of the place that led to the events featured in the film. The author of the novel, Dennis Lehane is set to pen the screenplay with Scorsese directing the pilot episode.

Casting has yet to be announced.

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