'Shutter Island' Prequel Series Coming to HBO from Director Martin Scorsese Titled 'Ashecliffe'
HBO is partnering with Paramount Television to bring a prequel television series from the 2010 movie Shutter Island.
The show will be titled "Ashecliffe" and take place at the isolated mental hospital that Leonardo DiCaprio visited in the film and give origin to the movie. The drama series would explore the hospital's past and misdeeds by its founders, similar to the FX show "American Horror Story: Asylum."
Martin Scorsese will direct the pilot and Dennis Lehane (who wrote the 2003 novel, Shutter Island) would write the script with Tom Bernardo.
Shutter Island starred Leonardo DiCaprio as a US marshal investigating the disappearance of a psychiatric patient from an island hospital. The thriller movie grossed nearly $300m worldwide.
Shutter Island was mainly filmed in Massachusetts, with Taunton being the location for the World War II flashback scenes. Old industrial buildings in Taunton's Whittenton Mills Complex replicated the Dachau concentration camp. The old Medfield State Hospital in Medfield, Massachusetts was another key location. Cawley's office scenes were the second floor of the chapel during the late evening. Lights were shone through the windows to make it look like it was daytime. The crew painted the hospital's brick walls to look like plywood. This served the dual purpose of acting as scenery and blocking the set from view of a local road. The crew wanted to film at the old Worcester State Hospital, but demolition of surrounding buildings made it impossible. Borderland State Park in Easton, Massachusetts was used for the cabin scene. The film used Peddocks Island as a setting for the story's island. East Point, in Nahant, Massachusetts was the location for the lighthouse scenes. Filming ended on July 2, 2008.
Scorsese, 71, has many projects in the works. He recently finished a documentary about Bill Clinton as well as the forthcoming feature film Silence about priests trying to bring Christianity to Japan in the 17th century, which begins filming later this year. He's already set to work with HBO on a drama about the music industry set in New York at the birth of punk and disco. Co-produced by the Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger, it stars Jagger's son James alongside Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano and Andrew Dice Clay.
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