David Fincher was attached to make the Steve Jobs film scripted by Aaron Sorkin, and he wanted Christian Bale to star. Fincher eventually dropped out, and Bale was never signed to play the lead role. Danny Boyle came on to direct and set his sights on Leonardo DiCaprio. But that starring deal never got signed, and now Boyle has turned back to Bale. Sony is in talks with Christian Bale to star in the Steve Jobs movie, and that is part of a new wrinkle for another film Bale has been attached to in the past few months. Read More »
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Travis McGee is one of the many crime fiction heroes that stars in his own series of books. McGee’s basic approach to life is simple: he works only when he needs money, and then he takes jobs helping people recover stuff that has been taken from them. His fee is simple, too: he keeps half.
McGee is at the center of twenty-one books by John D. MacDonald, starting with the 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-By and going through The Lonely Silver Rain in 1984. There have been a couple film and TV versions of the character in the past, and several efforts to film McGee’s novels have come and gone without coming to fruition.
Among them, a Deep Blue Good-By movie has been in development for years. Now James Mangold has come on board to push those efforts forward. Mangold will direct The Deep Blue Good-By, with an actor yet to be cast in the lead role. Read More »
Paul Greengrass has a pretty interesting career — he tends to flip between overtly social/political films and more pulpy material, but even his action films have a level of political awareness. Lately he’s had some trouble getting a movie made at all, with Universal passing on his MLK film Memphis, and the King estate reportedly not so much in love with the script. (The Memphis script isn’t 100% flattering towards Dr. King, and DreamWorks already has a competing project in the works.)
So it looks like it might be time to flip back to the pulp material for a moment. The film Travis McGee, based on John D. MacDonald‘s novel The Deep Blue Good-By, has been riding the development cycle for the past couple years. Oliver Stone was a possible director, and since 2009 Leonardo DiCaprio has been attached to star in what is seen as a possible franchise opener. Now Paul Greengrass is now considering making it his own. Read More »
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In what could be the first film in a noirish franchise for 20th Century Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star as Travis McGee, a fictional Floridian gumshoe who lives on a houseboat, in The Deep Blue Goodbye. The film is an adaptation of the popular 1964 novel—nearly identical in title—by late pulp-fiction author John D. MacDonald. It marked the debut in an influential, entertaining 21-book series that spans an American landscape from the Kennedy to the Regan administrations. A director was not mentioned in the trades. The screenplay was written by Dana Stevens (Sam Raimi’s For the Love of the Game, Blink).
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