Martin Scorsese has somehow convinced Leonardo DiCaprio to stop saving the world and dating supermodels just long enough for the duo, who last worked together on the mega successful “The Departed”, to work together again on “Shutter Island”, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, off a script by Laeta Kalogridis. Variety reports that the whole picture has come together very fast, and is being fast-tracked for a March 2008 start date. Paramount will supervise production and distribute domestically while Columbia is looking to distribute internationally.
Drama is set in 1954, with DiCaprio in final talks to play U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
Scouting will begin shortly on the film, which most likely will shoot in Massachusetts, Connecticut or Nova Scotia.
Lehane’s novel “Mystic River” was turned into a film by Clint Eastwood, and his “Gone Baby Gone” is the basis for the Ben Affleck-directed drama that opened this past weekend.
With this deal in place and both director and actor signing up, there’s no word on what will happen to “The Wolf of Wall Street”, the other project the duo were contemplating.