HBO is not messing around. Following on the A-list heels of True Detective and Boardwalk Empire, the network announced Martin Scorsese will direct a new series based on Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island, which the director adapted to film in 2010. In just as wonderful news, best-selling author Lehane will write the script himself. You can’t get much better than that — unless, of course, Leo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo decide to star.
Set to be titled Ashcliffe (the name of Shutter Island’s mental hospital), the series will be a sort of prequel to the novel and film events. According to Deadline, “the [series] 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.”
I loved Scorsese’s version, and even if he only directs the pilot, having his and Lehane’s names attached pretty much guarantees an audience. I can’t wait to see who they cast.