Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Travis McGee Movie ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’

Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Travis McGee Movie 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

James Mangold (“Wolverine”) is in negotiations to direct the film for 20th Century Fox, Appian Way and Chernin Entertainment

Leonardo DiCaprio is saying ‘goodbye’ to 20th Century Fox's Travis McGee movie “The Deep Blue Good-by,” which James Mangold is now in negotiations to direct.

The project had been developed as a starring vehicle for DiCaprio, who will now simply produce with his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson-Killoran, Amy Robinson and Chernin Entertainment.

DiCaprio's schedule prevented him from starring in the movie, which the “Wolf of Wall Street” star recused himself from before talks with Mangold started, so the director had nothing to do with DiCaprio's exit.

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“Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, which is based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel. Dana Stevens and Kario Salem penned previous drafts.

Fox hopes Mangold will launch a Travis McGee franchise that can attract an A-list star and be done at a mid-range budget. The character is a Fort Lauderdale beach bum who lives on a houseboat called The Busted Flush where he takes mysterious cases and gets into trouble helping damsels in distress.

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Mangold, who is coming off Fox's “Wolverine,” is repped by WME and Management 360.

The news was first reported by Deadline.

  • Burphelson AFB

    maybe Barkhad Abdi can take his place…

  • Jim

    Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Travis McGee Movie ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’

    Leo is going to star in “The Edgar Martirosyan Story.” And if the deal is final, Ben Affleck will play Leo in the Oscar scene when Edgar arrived with the pizzas.

  • Untamed

    Do you know the proper use of the word, “recuse”? I don't believe Leo stepped down out of prejudice.

  • Stuart W

    Good choice for DiCaprio for as buff as he can get he's light-years from the Travis McGee persona. For those of us growing up with John D. Mcdonald's super-sleuth, Leonardo a pasty imitation at his very best! He's much better fleshing out the elusive Jay Gatsby

  • Ron Head

    I am wanting the movie to get made, but this is taking forever. Just do it.