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Shutter Island is an upcoming horror thriller directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. Production started in March 2008; Shutter Island was originally slated to be released on October 2, 2009, but Paramount recently announced that it was going to push the film towards a mid-February release in 2010.


In 1954, two U.S. marshals investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane on an island in Massachusettsmarker. They run into trouble when they are deceived by the hospital's chief administrator, a hurricane hits and an inmate riot traps them on the island.


Feature film rights to the 2003 novel Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane were first optioned to Columbia Pictures in 2003, but the rights lapsed back to the author. The author's representatives then sold the rights to the production company Phoenix Pictures, who hired screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis to script the novel for a film adaptation. The project was in development for a year. By October 2007, the project had developed into a co-production between the studios Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who had worked together on three films, were both attracted to Shutter Island as their next collaboration. Locations like Massachusettsmarker, Connecticutmarker, and Nova Scotiamarker were scouted. Production began on March 6, 2008.

Production took place in Taunton, Massachusettsmarker to film World War II flashback scenes of DiCaprio's character, a former soldier. Scorsese filmed the scenes in old industrial buildings in Taunton's Whittenton Mills Complexmarker, which replicated the Dachau concentration campmarker. Extras portraying the Dachau prisoners were called back to reshoot a scene in July, due to the film of one scene being damaged due to an improperly sealed film shipping container. Scenes were filmed at the old Medfield State Hospitalmarker in Medfield, Massachusettsmarker. Peddocks Islandmarker was used as a setting for the story's island and East Point, in Nahant, Massachusettsmarker for the lighthouse scenes. Filming ended on July 2, 2008.Additional footage was filmed in Los Angelesmarker and wrapped in July 2009.

In Total Film magazine, Scorsese says one of his influences on the film was Orson Welles' 1962 film The Trial — an adaptation of Franz Kafka's novel — in particular its use of corridors, tunnels, claustrophobic ceilings, and angular lenses. He also discusses the importance of costume choices as an element of characterization, noting that a striking choice can leave a subconscious imprint of a character's essence in the spectator's mind: in Shutter Island, he made Dr. Cawley smoke a pipe, and in some scenes of the film he seems covered by a cloud of smoke, hiding something, with an aura of malice and mystery.



The film was scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures on October 2, 2009 in the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker. Paramount later annouced it was going to push back the release date to February 19, 2010; Reports attribute the pushback to Paramount not having "the financing in 2009 to spend the $50 to $60 million necessary to market a big awards pic like this," DiCaprio's unavailability to promote the film internationally, and Paramount's hope that the economy might rebound enough by February 2010 that a film geared toward adult audiences would be more viable financially.

Spanishmarker distributor Manga Films will distribute the film in Spain after winning a bidding war that reportedly reached the $6 million to $8 million range.


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