Warner Bros. Picks Up 'The Galton Case' for a New Mystery Franchise
The late Paul Newman played private detective Lew Archer in Harper and The Drowning Pool from 1966 and 1975 respectively, and now Deadline reports Warner Bros. is looking to revive the character with a new franchise kicking off with an adaptation of Ross Macdonald's novel The Galton Case, the eighth book featuring Archer. Throughout the book series, Archer deals with dangerous cases in Southern California in the 50's and 60's, but it's not yet clear if the potential film series will keep the period locations from when the books were actually written, or if the "elevated noir" story will be updated for contemporary times.
In The Galton Case, Archer investigates the case of Anthony Galton, a man who has been missing for 20 years after disappearing with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family's fortune. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton's son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them. Sounds like a compelling mystery, and depending on what actor Warner Bros. gets to take on the role, this could certainly be a lucrative franchise. Warner Bros. already has success with Sherlock Holmes, but this kind of mystery series clearly has a different tone than Guy Ritchie's franchise. Any Lew Archer fans out there excited?