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‘Shutter Island’ Is Getting The Prequel TV Series You Didn’t Know You Needed

I'm in.

If you try to sell me on pretty much anything related to Martin Scorsese or HBO, I’m going to be at least a little interested. Put them together, I’m all-ears. If it happens to be for a television series based on “Shutter Island,” now I have tears in my eyes.

Well, Deadline is reporting that the dream I didn’t even know I had has come true. HBO and Paramount’s new television division is teaming up with Scorsese and Dennis Lehane, who wrote the original “Shutter Island” novel, for a prequel series tentatively called “Ashecliffe.”

It sounds like all of the deals are still in the works, but I imagine that all of the parties involved would want to make this show a reality. According to the Deadline story, Scorsese is game to direct the pilot, which Lehane will write, after the legendary filmmaker finishes work on “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.

There’s definitely some mystery to mine from the 2010 movie, despite that story being surprisingly intimate and small in scope. The report says that “Ashcliffe” would take place around the turn of the century at the asylum Leonardo DiCaprio visits in the film.

Fingers crossed that this all comes together. In the mean time, I’m going to go remind myself how great “Shutter Island” is.

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