Martin Scorsese's latest film Shutter Island, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, is being retitled Ashecliffe, after the mental institution in which most of the story takes place. The news comes via The Boston Herald, who also drop some hints about the plot of the new movie:
In screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis’ script, there’s lots of flashbacks to a World War II concentration camp. Hence, the casting call on Jan. 26 for background extras to play malnourished camp prisoners and military or law-enforcement types to portray the guards.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star as US Marshal Teddy Daniels who, along with his partner (played by Mark Ruffalo), travels to the isolated mental institution on Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a serial killer. Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, and Patricia Clarkson co-star.
Somehow this article was posted in the Herald over a week ago and only now are we, the intrepid members of the internet press, reporting on it. We must have been too caught up in the Oscar nominations and the Ledger tragedy to notice. Sorry if we let you down.
As to why the name change, no clue. Shutter Island looked menacing; Ashecliffe just looks misspelled.