Christian Bale Injury Forces Fox to Drown 'The Deep Blue Goodbye'

April 27, 2015

Christian Bale / The Deep Blue Goodbye

If you were looking forward to seeing Christian Bale leading the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's mystery adventure novel The Deep Blue Goodbye, then we have some bad news. According to THR, Bale recently tore his ACL, which will prevent him from filming the adaptation due to how much physical exertion would have been required for the film, including an action sequence that would've taken place on boats. So for now, 20th Century Fox has put the project on hold, with some sources saying it could be postponed instead of scrapped completely, but the future fate of the film isn't clear at this time. Read on!

The film would have been directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk the Line) with Peter Dinklage and Nicola Peltz co-starring. Production was going to begin next month in Florida and Puerto Rico, but with Bale's injury preventing him from being able to complete action sequences, that plan is out the window, which is surely a bummer for the crew members who were ready to work. Even if the project ends up getting revived down the road, it may not be able to get Bale back into the role, since he's a hot commodity in Hollywood. Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio could circle back around. We'll see what happens.

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  • ari smulders
    Am the only one who expects a review of age of Ultron? It's days now when it opend internationally and still nothing on my favorite movie site! Or do I miss something?
  • bumboclot
    Just get someone else. Some of the best roles have been last minute casting replacements.
  • Ron Head
    I agree with bumboclot. What is the big deal? There are a ton of actors out there. Get one. Fox is hung up on getting a BIG NAME STAR whether he fits the role or not. Movie and television executives drive me crazy. I swear, they have no idea what they are doing. They just blunder around, and every once in a while, something works, by pure luck.
  • Ron Head
    Another thing, Fox wasted years waiting on Leonardo DiCaprio. That was one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. Why wait on him? They should have gotten someone else a long time ago. Once again, I do not think movie or television executives are capable of doing anything right.
  • Bo
    Too bad, but let's hope they still make the film with Bale. I've read all of MacDonald's books with McGee as the main character and all were terrific. McGee is one of the greatest characters ever conceived with a personal code and moral integrity unparalleled and he doesn't suffer fools, period, let alone gladly and has no taste or time for the many in the world with no integrity...moral or otherwise. Bale would seemingly be a good fit for McGee. Even Leo would have too, I think. If it's supposed to happen it will and I hope so as I was curious to see if they could make a decent film of this book. Again, too bad but I find it worthy of respect that the studio will not re-cast the film and stay with Bale.
    Ah man. I was pretty excited about this one. A torn ACL is a rough one.




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