For those who get off on the Martin Scorsese – Leonardo Di Caprio combination (I do at any rate), here is good news. Their fourth collaboration, Ashecliffe, is on track and will be released in October 2009.
Ashecliffe is based on the novel Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane who is the writer of the bestseller Mystic River. The period thriller is set in 1954, when Rachel Solando a patient incarcerated in Ashcliffe, a hospital for the criminally insane, in Shutter Island disappears. Two US Marshalls Teddy Daniels (dishy Di Caprio)and Chuck Aule (dishier Mark Ruffalo) who are sent to investigate the disappearance of Solando get caught in a hurricane and strange happenings at Ashcliffe.
Ashcliffe’s filming started in May 2008 as planned. Flashback scenes of Teddy Daniels, who served as a US soldier in World War II, at the Nazis’ Dachau concentration camp were filmed in Whittenon Mills in Taunton.
Medfield State Hospital was used to shoot some scenes. Shooting took place in Peddocks Island as well. Currently, Ashecliffe is being shot on Nathan’s East Point.
The Scorsese – DiCaprio partnership has a very good track record. Gangs of New York (2002) was the first film in which Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio worked together. The movie got Scorsese his first Golden Globe award for Best Director.
Their next collaboration, Aviator (2004) was a huge hit and was nominated for 11 Academy awards.
The Departed (2006) was the most successful Scorcese film at the box office. Scorsese won the Golden Globe and Academy award for Best Director. The Departed also won academy awards for for the Best Motion Picture of 2006, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Leonardo Dicaprio has won the Golden Globe for the Best Actor – Drama for The Aviator, but despite fine performances and two nominations for The Aviator and Blood Diamond, has yet to win an Academy Award.