Geek-Cetera By Aug. 26, 2014 7:28 am
Shutter Island to become TV series and Martin Scorsese is directing the pilot | Geek-Cetera | Geek.com

Last week we heard that popular science fiction movie Minority Report was being turned into a TV series of the same now. Now, Shutter Island is set to get the same treatment, only the TV series being planned by HBO and Paramount TV will be called Ashecliffe.

Shutter Island was a very intelligent and clever movie, helped in no small part by the fact it starred Leonardo DiCaprio alongside a number of other very experienced actors. It was also directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese. Scorsese has directed a pilot before for HBO in the form of the very successful Boardwalk Empire, and he’s set to do the same for Ashecliffe.

The name of the series matches the name of the mental hospital where it is set. As for what the series will cover, expect a story based on events from the hospital’s history, long before Leonardo’s characters became a patient there and covering the “misdeeds perpetrated by its founders.” Unlike Minority Report, it’s difficult to predict how the episodes will play out or what the emphasis will be on: the patients or the staff?

With Scorsese at the helm it’s going to have a healthy audience for the pilot at least. Writing duties are being taken care of by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the novel the movie is based on. So who better, right?

If Ashecliffe manages to hit the ground running like Boardwalk Empire did, it has the potential to be another big hit for HBO and Paramount TV. The worst case scenario is a single season of great acting and writing that expands the Shutter Island story for fans of the movie.

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