Martin Scorsese’s 2010 hit Shutter Island will be adapted into a TV series for HBO entitled Ashecliffe, named for the mental institution in Scorsese’s film and Dennis Lehane’s novel. Deadline reports that Scorsese and Lehane are attached to produce a pilot for the show beginning next year and that Scorsese will remain on as the show’s executive producer. Collider also adds that the film’s star Leonardo DiCaprio will also be attached as an executive producer through his company Appian Way.
According to Deadline, the show will be something of a prequel, focusing on the development and the secrets surrounding the Ashecliffe facility and the methods for treatment used there.
This news comes just as Scorsese-produced Boardwalk Empire enters its final season this September. It also accompanies a previously reported ’70s rock ‘n’ roll show Scorsese is working on with Terence Winter. Perhaps more interesting is that this will also mark Lehane’s return to television since a 2013 episode of Boardwalk and several teleplays for The Wire.
Deadline also points out that Paramount Pictures is currently unloading their most popular films to television, including the most recently reported series order for School of Rock, along with others for Grease, The Truman Show and Ghost.