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James Mangold to direct adaptation of mystery novel The Deep Blue Good-by

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James Mangold may be developing a follow-up to THE WOLVERINE, but in the meantime, he is going to set his sights on directing an adaptation of the mystery novel THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY featuring sleuth Travis McGee. This will mark the first big screen adaptation of the character despite attempted films from directors Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass.

Travis McGee recurred in over twenty novels by author John D. MacDonald and served as a precursor to other characters like Jake Reacher. What sets McGee apart from other mystery characters is the fact that he is not a detective or a private investigator but rather a "beach bum" who gets involved with cases.

Living in sun-drenched Fort Lauderdale aboard his houseboat The Busted Flush, McGee doesnt do much of anything until he needs money. Then, he takes salvage consultant jobs, recovering property for clients, taking a big percentage, and getting into misadventures along the way.

Mangold has directed a diverse selection of films like WALK THE LINE, 3:10 TO YUMA, and KNIGHT AND DAY. But, I would almost think THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY would share more in common with his film COPLAND. I would say prior to this year that this would be a perfect role for Matthew McConaughey, but I think he may steer clear of this type of role now that he is an Oscar winner.

Here's hoping that James Mangold can convince Hugh Jackman to board this ship. It is about time we got a good new mystery franchise.

Source: Deadline

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9:09AM on 03/05/2014

Darker than Amber

I'm going to be "that guy" and remind that Travis McGee was once on the big screen played by Rod Taylor in "Darker than Amber" from 1970. I caught it on TV many years back and apparently it's a tough one to find. Directed by Robert Clouse, the guy who made "Enter the Dragon'!
I'm going to be "that guy" and remind that Travis McGee was once on the big screen played by Rod Taylor in "Darker than Amber" from 1970. I caught it on TV many years back and apparently it's a tough one to find. Directed by Robert Clouse, the guy who made "Enter the Dragon'!
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8:48AM on 03/05/2014

Finally!

Have been a fan of John D. MacDonald ever since The Name of the Game is Death. I'm glad that one of his books are being made into a movie, hes written some very deep and troubled characters that would translate very nicely to this generations style of films.
Have been a fan of John D. MacDonald ever since The Name of the Game is Death. I'm glad that one of his books are being made into a movie, hes written some very deep and troubled characters that would translate very nicely to this generations style of films.
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7:36PM on 03/04/2014

Typo alert

Is Jake Reacher the Asylum knock-off of Jack Reacher. If not, it should be.
Is Jake Reacher the Asylum knock-off of Jack Reacher. If not, it should be.
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4:46PM on 03/04/2014
I read about this adaptation years ago with Leonardo Di Caprio in talks for Travis McGee. That's why I read the book which was Ok. It has the "charming" sexism and humor of the earlier Bond-movies...
Hope this will be more like "3.10 to Yuma" and less like "Knight and day" quality wise...
I read about this adaptation years ago with Leonardo Di Caprio in talks for Travis McGee. That's why I read the book which was Ok. It has the "charming" sexism and humor of the earlier Bond-movies...
Hope this will be more like "3.10 to Yuma" and less like "Knight and day" quality wise...
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4:09PM on 03/04/2014

Matthew McConaughey would be perfect

and he may have developed a taste for the genre after doing TRUE DETECTIVE. I hope he jumps on this one - I thought he was perfect for Travis McGee even while he was in rom-com hell.

At one point, they were talking Robert Downey Jr. as Travis McGee: he's a great actor but totally wrong for the role.
and he may have developed a taste for the genre after doing TRUE DETECTIVE. I hope he jumps on this one - I thought he was perfect for Travis McGee even while he was in rom-com hell.

At one point, they were talking Robert Downey Jr. as Travis McGee: he's a great actor but totally wrong for the role.
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3:52PM on 03/04/2014

McGee

Long been a fan of this character. Sam Elliot played him in a tv movie several years back, McConaughey would be perfect for the role.
Long been a fan of this character. Sam Elliot played him in a tv movie several years back, McConaughey would be perfect for the role.
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