Oliver Stone steps aboard to develop TRAVIS MCGEE

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 1st, 2010

20th Century Fox has brought director Oliver Stone aboard TRAVIS MCGEE to develop the film with the potential to direct. Fox has been developing the film for quite some time now, as we reported way back in 2008 that they were eyeing Robert Downey Jr. to star in the film adaptation of author John D. MacDonald's famous fictional detective.

Fast forward to today...2010 (in case you forgot!). By now, we know Downey Jr. of course went on to play another super sleuth in last year's SHERLOCK HOLMES. Out steps RDJ in steps Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been attached to star as McGee, the beach bum gum shoe.

The film, penned by Dana Stevens (LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT), adapts the first story in MacDonald's 21-novel series entitled "The Deep Blue Goodbye," which finds McGee on the hunt for a World War II treasure. The character was formerly immortalized on-screen in 1983, as Sam Elliot played the character in a self-titled made for TV movie.

IMdb has the film listed as THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE, yet Variety reports it as TRAVIS MCGEE. It is unknown at this point what the film's official title will be. But let's be honest, you could call the film UNTITLED OLIVER STONE PROJECT STARRING LEO DICAPRIO IN WHICH HE PLAYS A PULP DETECTIVE LOOKING FOR WWII TREASURE and you would still have my undivided attention.

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  • wolvogator

    Leo DiCaprio is a very fine actor. He may work as McGee only because many of DiCaprio's fans won't have a clue who/what McGee is. This is not a slam on Mr. DiCaprio, but fans of John D's McGee most likely have built an image of him from the books as being somewhere between 6'2″ and 6″4″, weighing in at at least 210, craggy-faced and, while sensitive in his own way, essentially as brutal as his anatagonists if possessed of the moral compass they lack. I can no more see Dicpario as McKee than I could envision him as Spencer.

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