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According to Empire, Bale will play McGee, a detective from Florida and "salvage consultant".
The Deep Blue Good-By is the first of 21 books about McGee so 20th Century Fox has plenty of potential for future sequels.
Pike will soon be featured as the voice of Lady Penelope in the new TV version of Thunderbirds. »
Variety is reporting that the British actress is set to join Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of a Travis McGee novel to be directed by James Mangold, who worked with Bale in his 3:10 To Yuma remake in 2007.
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 »
- Scott J. Davis
The Deep Blue Good-by
Rosamund Pike is in talks to play the female lead opposite Christian Bale in James Mangold's film adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 pulp novel "The Deep Blue Good-by" at 20th Century Fox. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson-Killoran are producing.
Bale plays Travis McGee 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. [Source: Variety]
All I See Is You
Blake Lively and Jason Clarke have scored the lead roles in Marc Forster's indie psychologial thriller "All I See Is You" for Sc International Pictures. Forster, Michael Selby, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby and Jillian Kugler will produce.
The story follows and blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, »
- Garth Franklin
With The Deep Blue Good-By landing the services of Christian Bale to star and James Mangold to direct, 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee books is coming together at last. The next part of puzzle is finding a female lead, and it looks like Rosamund Pike will fill that role.Bale is playing charismatic rogue McGee, a Floridian sleuth and “salvage consultant” who is always getting into deeper water than he intends with dangerous women and very bad men. The Deep Blue Good-By represents the first of the McGee books, and with 21 tomes in MacDonald’s series so far, Fox will be hoping this one has legs so it can make more. After a somewhat torturous development process, Mangold is set in the director’s chair, working from a script that has seen input from Dennis Lehane and Scott Frank. Pike, last seen as »
For Rosamund Pike, it seems that not bagging the Best Actress Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards hasn’t hurt her future prospects. Variety reports that she’s now entered talks to star opposite Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Good-By. The adaptation is currently set up over at Fox with Chernin Entertainment and Appian Way set to produce.
The Wolverine director James Mangold will be at the helm, for what’s being touted as the start of a potential new franchise. The Deep Blue Good-By will adapt the first of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series of novels. Each successive book traces the story of McGee (represented onscreen by 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.
For an in-depth look at the novel, check out the synopsis below (via »
- Gem Seddon
Oscar-nominated "Gone Girl" star Rosamund Pike is in talks to headline Fox's "The Deep Blue Good-by" opposite Christian Bale. Directed by James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line," "The Wolverine"), this is based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel, the first in a series of 21 books that follow "savage consultant" Travis McGee (Bale), a bachelor who recovers other people's property for money and gets mixed up with women and criminals along the way. (Variety reports here.) The script is penned by cult crime writer Dennis Lehane ("Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island"), with Scott Frank chiseling away at a recent draft. No details yet on who exactly Pike will play, but she will be the female lead here. Pike will shoot "The Deep Blue Good-by" before heading into the plane crash survival drama "The Mountain Between Us" (also co-penned by Scott Frank) opposite Charlie Hunnam. She also has a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I think we can all (or at least, most of us) agree Rosamund Pike was more than deserving of an Oscar on Sunday for her performance in Gone Girl. Julianne Moore is a very good actor, but this was no competition. Thankfully, her performance let filmmakers see all the talent they could mine from her, which we can hope means great roles moving forward. One potentially great role is in the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-by, the first of twenty-one novels featuring the character Travis McGee, who will be played by Christian Bale. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) will direct a script by Dennis Lehane, with the most recent draft by Scott Frank. amz asin="B009FKTTMQ" size="small"No matter what the material is, if you put Bale and Pike in a film together, I will be there opening day. »
- Mike Shutt
First written by John D. 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.
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, »
- Justin Kroll
In case you haven't heard, there are a lot of reasons to get angry at the Oscars. In general, awarding a statuette to someone who actually deserves it isn't one of them.
But sometimes, a deserving nominee gets passed over so many times that they finally end up winning an award for something that's not their best work, in what amounts to a kind of unofficial lifetime achievement award.
Digital Spy looks back at seven times the Academy gave out the right award for the wrong movie.
For decades, Scorsese was the most glaring example of an undisputed great who was somehow yet to win an Oscar. Despite being nominated a total of six times, beginning with Raging Bull in 1981, Scorsese was the perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride (a dubious honour he's since passed on to regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio).
The seventh time turned out »
Coming off the white hot success of his hard hitting, Oscar nominated debut, Bullhead, Michaël Roskam signed on to helm a Hollywood backed crime film adapted by famed writer Dennis Lehane from the author’s own short story, Animal Rescue – an obvious next step that bears all the teetering weight that comes with the swagger of star power and the shimmer of golden statues. Though The Drop failed to live up to its sky high expectations upon world premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest last year, now that the hype has died down it’s recognizably a respectable attempt at roping cheap canine melodrama within a tightly wound yarn of underground corruption and long buried familiar dirty laundry.
Speaking of laundry, the criminal epicenter of Roskam’s tale stands as a seedy bar in Brooklyn where locals come to celebrate or drown their sorrows and the pub’s rough »
- Jordan M. Smith
Dennis Lehane’s books have yielded some terrific crime dramas set in Boston, from Mystic River to Gone Baby Gone, so it’s more than a little strange to consider that for The Drop, Lehane’s first screenplay, he adapted his short story “Animal Rescue” but traded in Dorchester for the mean streets of Brooklyn.
Why he made the change is unclear, but the modified setting is doubly interesting given that The Drop still feels very much like a Boston drama despite a few explicit references to the Big Apple. There’s little by way of scale on display, unusual for a film set in sprawling NYC, and director Michaël R. Roskam (coming off Bullhead, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) infuses many shots with a chilly melancholy and pervasive foreboding that we’ve come to associate with good old Beantown (or at least Hollywood’s impression of »
- Isaac Feldberg
A film that didn’t get nearly enough attention, The Drop, is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and you can get your copy right here.
Available on Blu-ray & DVD on January 20th!
A phenomenal cast, including Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, lead this gritty thriller about Bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his hardened employer Uncle Marv (Gandolfini) who must choose between survival and loyalty when they find themselves caught in a robbery gone bad, and on the hook for a mob debt they can’t repay.
- Marc Eastman
In between stints as Batman, writing and directing Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night and other projects he’s now attached to, Ben Affleck will star for Gavin O’Connor in The Accountant. The director has begun building a cast around his leading man, and both Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow have now made deals.The Accountant finds Affleck as a seemingly mild-mannered bean counter with Asperger’s who just so happens to moonlight as an assassin. J.K. Simmons is set in an unspecified role, while Jon Bernthal will be a mercenary and Anna Kendrick an accounting whizz who falls in with Affleck.Tambor, who has just won a Golden Globe for his work on Amazon series Transparent, is set as a veteran Mafia accountant who acts as Affleck’s mentor – potentially in more than just matters of money management. And while The Hollywood Reporter trumpets Tambor's casting, Deadline reports »
Ben Affleck has a busy few years ahead of him; apart from playing Batman in several upcoming DC Comics films, he has his own film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night scheduled for 2016 as David Fincher and Gillian Flynn’s remake of Strangers on a Train.
According to the site, Affleck will fit both Live by Night and Strangers on a Train into his schedule before donning the Dark Knight’s cape and cowl once more. Live by Night will shoot sometime later this year in time for a Spring 2016 release, with Strangers on a Train going into production soon after in order for Affleck to join the rest of the Justice League in the summer or »
- James Garcia
It seems Ben Affleck and director David Fincher hit it off during the making of Gone Girl, as the two are expected to team up for a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train, the first remake of the great man's work since 1998's Psycho. According to Deadline, Gone Girl author and screen writer Gillian Flynn is also on board for the remake, which will possibly just be called Strangers. In the original, tennis pro Guy Haines meets the charming, yet psychotic, Bruno on a train, which sets in motion a plan to pull off the perfect crime, with both strangers tasked with murdering the other's respective thorn in their side. This modernised version would take on slightly meta aspect, with Affleck as an actor in the middle of an Oscar campaign who accepts a ride on a wealthy stranger's private jet after his own plane breaks down. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The films of Alfred Hitchcock still provide rich pickings for modern filmmakers, in spite of the fact that the last full-on remake was Gus Van Sant's ill-advised take on Psycho. Thus, Michael Douglas vehicle A Perfect Murder went back to the Dial M For Murder source material, whilst the Shia Labeouf-headlined Disturbia was inspired by the wonderful Rear Window.
Next up then? It might just be Strangers On A Train. Warner Bros is trying to get a remake of the 1951 original together, and it's recruiting the team behind Gone Girl to do it. Thus, the studio wants novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher to take the job on.
The new version will be modernised (taking place in the middle of an Oscar campaign, »
Deadline is reporting on a new collaboration between Gillian Flynn and her Gone Girl big screen cohorts, David Fincher and Ben Affleck. Apparently, the trio are deep in talks to craft a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal mystery, Strangers On A Train. Simply titled Strangers, this updated take on the Hitchcockian classic is set up at Warner Bros., with Affleck producing under his Pearl St. banner.
Classed as a contemporary take on the original – itself an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel – Strangers will be set in the present day and revolve around Affleck’s character. In the 1951 film, two strangers meet on a train and enter into a ‘social contract'; they will each murder a person on behalf of the other so neither of them will get caught. A twist on that premise will see Affleck tackle a slightly different role than the one first played by Farley Granger. »
- Gem Seddon
“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn will pen the script that follows a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to L.A. on another plane by a wealthy stranger. In the original, the plot revolved around two strangers meeting on a train and discussing the idea of exchanging murders — an idea one of the strangers decides to carry out.
Jon Berg will oversee. »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Ben Affleck and David Fincher will reteam on a Warner Bros remake of the classic Hitchcock thriller Strangers On A Train. Gillian Flynn, who adapted her novel Gone Girl for Fincher and Affleck, is in talks to write the script. The film will be produced by Affleck under Pearl Street, the Warner Bros-based banner he runs with Matt Damon. WB’s Jon Berg is overseeing. They are calling it Strangers.
Although the Hitchcock remake — a Warner Bros library title and an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel — will be its basis, this film will be contemporary and redefined for the times. This one might be best titled Strangers On A Plane, as Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Well now, it appears we may have a match made in heaven as it's being reported Ben Affleck and David Fincher are set to re-team on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train with Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn in talks to write the screenplay. The film, which will apparently be called Strangers, won't necessarily be an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, as was Hitchcock's, the novel will serve as its basis, but the film will be made comtemporary and redefined for the times. As Deadline reports: Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced, but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of exchanging murders. The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play a movie star-in the middle of »
- Brad Brevet
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