TV Adaptations of Shutter Island, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate in the Works

ShutterislandposterFollowing the success of the recent television adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ crime thriller Fargo, it’s been announced that three more feature films will be getting the TV treatment. Late last week, NBC announced plans for an adaptation of The Devil’s Advocate, while Amblin Entertainment revealed that it was working on a serialised version of Minority Report. Not to be outdone, HBO has more recently staked its claim to 2010’s Shutter Island.

With their stellar casts and big-name directors, many will naturally be wondering if and how these big-budget thrillers will translate onto the small screen. But if the viewing public have their doubts, it seems the films’ creators have a little more faith in the TV studios: not only is the Minority Report adaptation being produced by Steven Spielberg’s own company, but Godzilla‘s Max Borenstein is also already on board to pen the script. Perhaps even more impressively, Martin Scorcese himself is set to direct the pilot for the Shutter Island show, provisionally titled Ashecliffe after the mental institution that appears in the movie.

Originally based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, Minority Report envisions a not-so-distant future in which all crime is prevented in advance of ever happening, with the help of three psychics or “precogs” who can predict illegal actions before they occur. The new show will take the form of a police procedural that will further explore the workings of the Pre Crime unit and of course, its inherent flaws.

Minority_Report_PosterLittle is currently known about the Devil’s Advocate adaptation, other than that episodes will be broadcast weekly, with scripts by Matt Venne (Bag of BonesThe Exorcism of Molly Harley).

Ashecliffe, meanwhile, will be set in the years before the events of Shutter Island, and according to Deadline, will focus on,

“the past of the hospital, and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th century and developed the methods of treatment used for the mentally ill.”

The pilot script will be written by Shutter Island screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis, in collaboration with Dennis Lehane, author of the novel upon which the film was based.

As of yet, we don’t know who’ll be cast in any of these series, although Indiewire predicts a big name lead for Amblin’s Minority Report series. Watch this space for further updates!


Sources: Den of Geek | Indiewire | Deadline

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