As we prepare to bid farewell to Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire, HBO are keen to stay in business with the legendary filmmaker and are in the early stages of developing a TV series based on his 2010 film Shutter Island. The series is being developed by Dennis Lehane (who wrote the book the film was based on) with Scorsese likely to direct the pilot episode.

According to Deadline, the series is currently going under the name of Ashecliffe and will explore the “the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th Century and developed the methods of treatment use for the mentally ill.”

Shutter Island is one of my favourites from Scorsese’s collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio, to be fair I like all five of their films together but Shutter Island appealed to my longstanding love of period set mystery movies. Effectively the new proposed series will serve as prequel with the focus on the early days of the controversial hospital, younger versions of the characters played by Ben Kingsley (Dr. Cawley) and Max von Sydow (Dr. Naehring) could make an appearance. At this stage HBO and Paramount Television are still in the dealmaking phase, but with Scorsese attached and the excellent source material it’s based on there’s no reason to doubt that Ashecliffe will get anything less than a straight to series order. We’ll let you know more on this as soon as we hear something, HBO begins airing the final season of Boardwalk Empire this September.