Christian Bale Injury Forces Fox to Drown 'The Deep Blue Goodbye'
by Ethan Anderton
April 27, 2015
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.