'Shutter Island' Reteams Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio


Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are in place to join forces again on an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's thriller "Shutter Island."

Variety indicates that packaging on the long-gestating film has suddenly accelerated with Paramount and Columbia looking to co-produce. An all-star team of production shingles will be involved, including Scorsese's Sikelia and DiCaprio's Appian Way banners, along with Phoenix Pictures.

The plan would be to shoot "Shutter Island" as early as March in a Northeastern location.

While Lehane is generally thought of as a chronicler of contemporary blue collar Boston neighborhoods, "Shutter Island" was a dramatic change of pace. Set in 1954, the twisty mystery focuses on a U.S. Marshall (DiCaprio) who finds himself investigating the disappearance of a patient at a hospital for the criminal insane in the midst of a hurricane. Think "Key Largo" meets "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Laeta Kalogridis ("Alexander") has been trying to adapt the book, first optioned in 2003 by Columbia, for a year.

Scorsese has earned best director Oscar nominations for all three of his collaborations with DiCaprio (steering the actor to a nod for "The Aviator"), finally winning earlier this year for "The Departed."

While DiCaprio has shot "Revolutionary Road" and begun work on "Body of Lies," Scorsese has been slow to pick a "Departed" follow-up. The two were linked to an adaptation of "The Wolf of Wall Street" earlier this year.

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