Read more info. via Variety article as well as its book synopsis below...
Rosamund Pike is in talks to play the female lead opposite Christian Bale in Fox’s “The Deep Blue Good-by” based on John D. MacDonald’s novel.Read the book synopsis...
James Mangold is directing the big screen adaptation, with Chernin Entertainment, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson-Killoran producing for Appian Way along with Amy Robinson.
Written by MacDonald in 1964, “The Deep Blue Good-by” is the first in a series of 21 books that followed Travis McGee (Bale), a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.
Dennis Lehane penned the script, with Scott Frank working on the most recent draft.
Following the success of “Gone Girl,” which grossed more than $350 million at the worldwide box office and earned Pike an Oscar nomination, Fox and Pike seem happy staying in business with one another.
After the huge opening weekend of “Gone Girl,” Fox quickly offered Pike the female lead in its survival drama “The Mountains Between Us,” which she will shoot after “The Deep Blue Good-by” so “Mountain” can be ready for the proper weather conditions needed to tell the story.
Pike is repped by CAA and Magnolia Entertainment.
Travis McGee is 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.
McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior’s latest victim, Lois Atkinson.
Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women’s spirits and livelihoods. But he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse. [BN.com]