Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trailer to Scorcese's film of Lehane's SHUTTER ISLAND

In a few weeks another crime/mystery/thriller book will be brought to the big screen; Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel SHUTTER ISLAND, a 1954-set suspense tale where up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels (to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital.

Like with the Oscar-winning adaptation of MYSTIC RIVER (directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laura Linney & Laurence Fishburne), Lehane must be rapt with the cast and crew that are involved with brining another of his novels to the screen. Apart from having Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, Martin Scorcese is in the director's chair, and the rest of the cast is sprinkled with 'names' and solid actors aplenty; Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, and Emily Mortimer amongst them.

SHUTTER ISLAND is the third Lehane novel to be brought to the big screen, following acclaimed adaptations of MYSTIC RIVER and GONE BABY GONE. Lehane also wrote three episodes of perhaps the best TV drama seen in many years, The Wire.

You can view the trailer for SHUTTER ISLAND at:

What do you think? Have you read the book? Do you like Dennis Lehane novels? Do you like the look of the movie? Will you go and see it? Does it make you want to read the book? What do you think of bringing crime novels to the big screen in general?
And, if you're an author, what directors would you trust with bringing your books to the big screen?


  1. I enjoyed reading this book and was definitely intrigued until I got to the famous cheat solution, which was a real let-down. I gather that many readers felt the same.

  2. I haven't read this Lehane one, so can't comment on the plot. I will be interested to see what the Scorcese/DiCaprio tag-team come up with on the screen.