James Mangold Assumes 'The Deep Blue Good-by' from Oliver Stone
Way back in 2010, we heard that director Oliver Stone was considering taking on an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Deep Blue Good-by from 1964, featuring recurring character Travis McGee. Before that, Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the lead role back in 2009, but it appears both talents have fallen away from the project. Deadline reports The Wolverine and Walk the Line director James Mangold is in talks to direct the mystery adapted by author Dennis Lehane. And while DiCaprio isn't starring in the film anymore, he's still on board as producer through his own Appian Way production banner. More below!
The Deep Blue Good-by is the first in a 21-volume series featuring Travis McGee, a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. Now the question is who will step up ito the lead role with DiCaprio out of the running. There's plenty of young stars who could make this their own, but the part feels tailored to an actor in their 30s or 40s. Any suggestions?