shutter island poster

RopeofSilicon have gotten their hands on an early teaser poster for Martin Scorsese‘s adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s novel Shutter Island, which was published in a Berliner Zeitung newspaper. I’m pretty sure, and hope, that this is just an early marketing concept.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese\'s Ashecliffe

The Boston Herald has a first look at Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese‘s Ashecliffe. The big screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s 2003 novel Shutter Island, which tells the story of a U.S. Marshal (DiCaprio) who travels to Shutter Island, a small island in Massachusetts’ Outer Harbor, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderous patient in the Summer of 1954. The above photo shows DiCaprio running around with a rifle behind an electrified fence near the lighthouse on Nahant’s East Point.

The Given Day BookSam Raimi has signed on to develop and direct a big screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day for Columbia Pictures. Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, Dennis Lehane’s long awaited eighth novel tells the story of two families – one black and one white – swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists; immigrants and ward bosses; Brahmins and “ordinary” citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.

Beat cop Danny Coughlin, Boston Police department royalty and son of one of the city’s most beloved and powerful police captains, joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa, works for the Coughlin family, and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife.

Featuring the most influential figures of the day – Babe Ruth; Eugene O’Neill; leftist activist Jack Reed; NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois; Mitchell Palmer, Woodrow Wilson’s ruthless, red chasing attorney general; cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious, young Justice Department lawyer named John E. Hoover.

Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time – including the Spanish Influenza epidemic and culminating in the Boston Polce strike of 1919 – The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and the thrall of, itself. As Danny Luther, and others around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another, and together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change their lives.

Stewart O’Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster, A Prayer for the Dying, and Snow Angels calls the new book “Rollicking, brawling, gritty, political, and always completely absorbing,” … “a rich and satisfying epic.” The Given Day will be published on September 23rd by HarperCollins.

Dennis Lehane adaptations have attracted A-list talent, and have lead to two Academy Award wins and five nominations. Clint Eastwood directed Mystic River in 2003, and Ben Affleck made his directing debut with Gone Baby Gone in 2007. Martin Scorsese is nearing the end of production on Shutter Island, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams.

source: Variety

Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo Join Shutter Island

Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo have joined the cast of Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island. Based on the Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) novel, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who travels to Shutter Island, a small island in Massachusetts’ Outer Harbor, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderous patient in the Summer of 1954. Ruffalo will play DiCaprio’s partner U.S. Marshal Chuck Aule. And I’ll let the official plot description take over:

“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. . .”

Kingsley will portray the mental hospital’s chief physician. Ruffalo joined the cast last week, but for some reason or another, we never got around to reporting it. Laeta Kalogridis’ (Alexander, Pathfinder, James Cameron’s Battle Angel) screenplay was finished before the writers strike began, and Scorsese hopes to start production in March in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nova Scotia.

source: Variety

Sylvester Stallone in Shutter Island

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.

source: AintitCool

Shutter Island

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). So it comes as no surprise to me that Martin Scorsese is re-teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio for an adaptation of Lehane’s Shutter Island.

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. Shutter Island will hopefully start production in March in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nova Scotia.

source: FirstShowing

Gone Baby Gone

Check out the movie trailer for Ben Affleck’s directorial debut Gone, Baby, Gone, an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) novel about two detectives in search of a 4 year old girl that has been kidnapped in Boston. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Ben’s brother Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris and Robert “brother of Donnie and Mark” Wahlberg. Gone, Baby, Gone hits theaters on October 19th 2007, just in time for Award season.

I lived in Boston most of my life and have followed Affleck’s career since the beginning, so this is automatically on my top 10 must see upcoming films list. I’m actually pretty amazed at the cinematography as I thought this was being done on a much lower budget. It has a very Good Will Hunting feel to it. I’m also not surprised that the trailer doesn’t advertise that this is a film directed by Affleck (except on the name leaderboard trailer bookend). I’m excited. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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