The film, adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Dennis Lehane's 2004 novel, revolves around two U.S. marshals (DiCaprio and Ruffalo) who travel to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. Chaos ensues for the two as they encounter a web of deceit, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.
Sydow will portray one of the hospital's physicians, Mortimer will play the role of Rachel, an escaped hospital patient and Haley will star as an inmate, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Phoenix Pictures, Scorsese's Sikelia Prods. and DiCaprio's Appian Way are producing the pic with Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and Scorsese serving as producers.
Kalogridis, Lehane and Louis Phillips are executive producers of the film. Paramount Vantage sold the project to several major European territories including Germany (TeleMunchen) and Italy (Medusa). TeleMunchen picked up the film's distribution rights for 12 million dollars while Medusa paid 10 million dollars. Production is scheduled begin on March 6.