Leonardo DiCaprio and Peter Chernin are producing James Mangold's adaptation for 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox, director James Mangold and producer Leonardo DiCaprio have their eye on Christian Bale to play Travis McGee in “The Deep Blue Good-By,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
While Bale has yet to receive an official offer and there is no deal in place, the Oscar-winning actor has expressed interest in portraying McGee, the protagonist of a 21-book series written by John D. MacDonald.
Insiders had told TheWrap as recently as last week that “Deep Blue Good-By” was in a “holding pattern” at Fox, which is gearing up to have Mangold direct a sequel to “The Wolverine” while star Hugh Jackman is still interested in donning the claws. Should Bale sign a deal, the project would gain a significant boost of momentum.
A self-described “salvage consultant” who lives on a houseboat, McGee has a knack for attracting both trouble and women.
Bale previously worked with Mangold on “3:10 to Yuma,” and he also just worked with Fox and “Deep Blue” producer Chernin Entertainment on Ridley Scott‘s “Exodus.”
Peter Chernin will produce with DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson-Killoran, as well as Amy Robinson. Dennis Lehane wrote the most recent draft of the script.
Bale, who recently passed on the second season of HBO's “True Detective,” is represented by WME. A representative for the Welsh actor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bale's potential casting was first reported by Variety.