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Martin Scorsese is turning his 2010 movie, Shutter Island, into a television series for HBO. Scorsese and the cable network are still in the beginning stages for Ashecliffe, which will serve as a prequel to the film.

From the The Hollywood Reporter:

The premium cable network is in the early stages of developing a prequel series based on the 2010 feature film Shutter Island, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Ashecliffe would take place at the isolated mental hospital depicted in the Leonardo DiCaprio starrer, with the potential TV series serving as a prequel to the movie and taking place before the events in the film. The drama would explore the hospital’s past and misdeeds by its founders — a la FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum.

As he did with the feature film, based on Dennis Lehane‘s 2003 novel, Martin Scorsesewould direct the pilot — should the project move forward. Lehane would pen the script alongside Tom Bernardo for the HBO prequel. Scorsese, Lehane, Brad Fischer, Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran Davisson, feature co-writer Laeta KalogridisRick YornChris DonnellyEmma Tillinger KoskoffMike Medavoy and Arnie Messer will serve as exec producers.


With more than thirty years  in the film industry, the lauded director has a long list of successful projects to his name. He also brings a successful  track record at HBO, as an executive producer of Boardwalk Empire. The four-year-old series enters its fifth and final season this year.