Paul Greengrass to Direct ‘Travis McGee’?

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 »


In September of 2009, word came down that Leonardo DiCaprio was set to star in The Deep Blue Goodbye, an adaptation of the 1964 novel by pulp author John D. MacDonald. The book is the first in a long series of novels featuring Florida detective Travis ‘Trav’ McGee.

Now we hear that Oliver Stone is in line to direct for Fox, and that the film could be retitled Travis McGee. Read More »

As we’ve previously reported, Brett Ratner wants Robert Downey Jr. to portray American publisher Hugh Hefner in his biopic Playboy. EW has listed a few other projects that he’s currently rumored for, most notably Warner Bros. and Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming big budget revamp of Sherlock Holmes. What else?

“In recent weeks, the 43-year old actor has had his eye on various projects, including Twentieth Century Fox’s Travis McGee (based on John D. MacDonald’s detective series), Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes update from director Guy Ritchie, Gary Ross’ fantasy/comedy Dog Years at Universal…”

Director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) has had Dog Years in the pipeline for several years now, with Jim Carrey attached at one point, but not a lot is known about it. John D. MacDonald‘s novels featuring Travis McGee, a wistful Floridian gumshoe, “beach bum” and “playboy,” stretched across the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s and are said to have inspired crime fiction writers like Elmore Leonard. The McGee character made it to theaters once before in 1970’s ill-received Darker Than Amber. Like Zodiac or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, this war-chest of material sounds like it would play to Downey’s wittier strengths.

Of course, like McGee, Sherlock Holmes would also give Downey a second viable franchise at a studio to compliment Iron Man, as Warner Bros. is positioning the classic character as a James Bond type. EW didn’t specify whether the actor would be up for the title role per se; less likely, but Downey would make a cool Watson too. When all is said and done, however, it’s gotta be hard as hell to turn down Hefner.

Discuss: Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, cool by you? Any fans of the Travis McGee detective stories?