Posted on Saturday, November 10th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
Has Martin Scorsese gone mad? The legendary director has apparently offered Sylvester Stallone the part of Chuck Aule in the big screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island!? Stallone hasn’t signed on the dotted line as of yet (but why wouldn’t he? It’s Scorsese?), but if he does come on board, he’ll be starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Dennis Lehane is an author known for his Boston-based mystery novels, two of which have been adapted to the big screen. Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River was underrated, and Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone is one of the best movies of 2008 (go see this gem now). I haven’t read the book, so It’s not for me to say if Sly could play this role or not. Judging by some of the characters in Lehane’s other novels/movie adaptation, Stallone might even be a perfect fit. And there has to be some level of trust in Scorsese, who is certainly not interested in Sly for his name value.
Official Plot Description: It’s Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to a small island in Massachusetts’ Outer Harbor, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them. But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry? The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . .
The script is written by Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander, Pathfinder, James Cameron’s Battle Angel). The project is being fast tracked ahead of Marty’s numerous other projects in development. Paramount hopes to start production in March in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nova Scotia.