Word is out that one of the unofficial dream teams of modern cinema will reunite once again for the screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Shutter Island. First Showing reported yesterday that director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will combine for the fourth time in six years to bring this dark, thriller to the screen with the backing of co-producers Paramount and Columbia.
The pair has prioritized the project ahead of others they had lined up for early next year, as apparently the script instantly stood out to both men as one they wanted to pursue. The script is complements of Laeta Kalogridis, whose previous writing credits include Alexander and James Cameron’s 2009 project Battle Angel.
Shutter Island will be the third of Lehane’s novels to be adapted for the screen, following the Clint Eastwood directed Mystic River in 2003 and the newly-released adaptation of Gone Baby Gone directed by Ben Affleck.
True to form, Lehane’s Shutter Island is another shady crime thriller/mystery, with word going around that it is even darker and more gripping that the likes of Mystic River. The story is set in the 1950’s; with DiCaprio almost certain to play the role of a U.S. Marshal called Teddy Daniels. Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who has escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane, with Shutter Island being the presumed location she is hiding.
Possible locations for the shooting of the film have been acknowledged as Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Nova Scotia, and production is likely to commence in March of next year.
The cinematic combination of Scorsese and DiCaprio has been highly effective in the new millennium, with their three films, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and The Departed, bringing home a wealth of Oscar and Golden Globe wins and nominations. So if their previous efforts are anything to go by; we may well have ourselves another work of genius in the making. I’m sure you are all with me in looking forward to hearing more about this one.