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The film will be based on John D. McDonald's "Deep Blue Good-by," one of nearly two dozen mystery books featuring the character of Travis Magee and set around Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
A big-screen adaptation of the first John D. MacDonald’s series of novels to feature the character Travis McGee has been in the works for quite some time now. Leonardo DiCaprio has been set to star in (and produce) 20th Century Fox’s simply-titled Travis McGee since 2009 but the project is finally moving forward with The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93′s Paul Greengrass directing. Acclaimed author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane will adapt the screenplay based on the 1964 novel ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’.
If successful, there are plenty of other stories for inspiration with MacDonald having a further twenty novels to feature the character officially described as: a 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 is simple: »
- Craig Hunter
20th Century Fox has tapped Dennis Lehane, whose books include ‘Shutter Island‘ and ‘Mystic River’ to pen the script for World War II drama Travis McGee that once had Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Lehane will write the adapted screenplay, based on the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’, the first in a series of 21 novels centered around McGee, a Florida-based detective who moonlights as a treasure hunter with DiCaprio playing the title character. Both Oscar winner Mark Boal and David James Kelly were among those having taken a whack at the script, while Robert Schwentke, Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass »
- Nick Martin
Figuring that an injection of new writing talent might help the project work itself free of development hell, 20th Century Fox has turned to Dennis Lehane, someone with just a little bit of crime writing experience for Travis McGee, which Leonardo DiCaprio is interested in.The planned film, based on John D. McDonald’s book Deep Blue Good-By, features the McGee character, a Floridian sleuth who moonlights as a treasure hunter. He’s featured in 21 novels, and Fox rightly figures that they could be franchise material if the first – simply being called Travis McGee at this point, in a Jack Reacher-style – works.Trouble is, it’s been lingering on the slow burn development stove for years now, with Robert Schwentke, Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass considering directing and Mark Boal and David James Kelly among those having taken a whack at the script.So now Lehane – whose novels have »
Dennis Lehane.s name is becoming a proven brand in Hollywood as more A-listers gravitate to the author and screenwriter.s prose . and his past works. Ben Affleck broke on the scene with an adaptation of Lehan.s best-selling Gone Baby Gone. The two plan to collaborate again on a feature-length version of the author.s book Live By Night. And now Lehane.s locking up another powerful player with which he previously worked. That would be Leonardo DiCaprio, who teamed with Martin Scorsese for a breathtaking adaptation of Lehane.s mesmerizing Shutter Island. Now Variety is reporting that Lehane is being pursued by Fox to write Travis McGee, a World War II drama that once had DiCaprio attached to star. The latest, on behalf of the trade, says that actor.s current involvement is .still being worked out.. The project is based on John D. MacDonald.s The Deep »
Leonardo DiCaprio is reuniting with Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane for the 20th Century Fox crime drama Travis McGee. Dennis Lehane will write the adapted screenplay, based on the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the title character. Here's an official description of the novel below.
"Travis McGee -- He's 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 is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half..."
This project will mark the first time that author/screenwriter Dennis Lehane is adapting another writer's work, although he has written episodes of The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Castle. Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Shutter Island, an »
Barry Levinson has come on board to direct an untitled love story, set in Shanghai and Leningrad, with Shanghai Film Group financing and Mike Medavoy, Rafaella De Laurentiis and Edward McGurn producing.
Production will start in February in Shanghai with Shanghai Film Group fully financing the project, with a budget in the $40 million to $45 million range.
“I am thrilled to be working on another project with Barry,” he said. “This film is connected to my roots, and I can’t think of anyone I would trust more with it.”
- Dave McNary
Based on the book “Deep Blue Good-by,” the novel was part of 21 book series focusing on Travis Magee who is the central character in a series of mysteries by John D. McDonald. They are classic sleuth novels, set it Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Though this is Lehane’s second time writing a script it is the first time he has penned one that isn’t based off his own material. He previously wrote the Fox Searchlight pic “Animal Rescue” which is based on a short story he wrote. »
- Justin Kroll
Dennis Lehane is reteaming with Leonardo DiCaprio on 20th Century Fox’s crime pic Travis McGee. Lehane, one the authors whose books Hollywood just loves to adapt, is set to write the screenplay for the DiCaprio vehicle, which is based on John D. MacDonald’s 1964 mystery novel The Deep Blue Good-by. Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio's Life and Career in Pictures The project marks the fourth pairing of Lehane and DiCaprio. Lehane wrote the novel Shutter Island, which starred DiCaprio, as well as the short story Running Out of Dog, which DiCaprio is developing through his Appian Way banner. DiCaprio is also a
- Tatiana Siegel , Borys Kit
Four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move in Now You See Me, a visually spectacular blend of astonishing illusions and exhilarating action from director Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans).
The Four Horsemen, a magic super‐group led by the charismatic J.Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of hightech, high‐profile magic shows, first amazing audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank while in Las Vegas, and then exposing a white‐collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts, baffling the authorities with their intricately planned capers.
- Movie Geeks
Star Trek Into Darkness easily opened on top this weekend, though it wasn't the kind of box office sensation that many*including distributor Paramount*were expecting it to be. The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel took in an estimated $70.6 million for the three-day frame; add in its grosses from Wednesday night and all-day Thursday, and the movie has to-date earned $84.1 million. In comparison, 2009's Star Trek grossed $75.2 million for the weekend, and $86.7 million through its first four-and-a-half days.While it's usually unfair to knock a movie for opening in line with its predecessor, it certainly feels like the "disappointment" label is applicable in this case. All signs suggest the 2009 Trek is very well-liked (it has a strong 8.0 rating on IMDb) and Paramount's marketing did a decent job walking the sequel tightrope (a balanced approach of promising more-of-the-same and offering something new). Additionally, there was four years of ticket price inflation and »
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Jimmy P., 2013.
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin.
A Native American WWII veteran suffering from an inexplicable illness is admitted to a military hospital, where he comes under the care of a French anthropologist, psychoanalyst and specialist in Native American culture.
Arnaud Desplechin's film states that it is based on a true story, taken from Georges Devereux's anthropological study of his patient Jimmy P. The film opens on a ranch in the wild Montana plains in 1948. We first see Jimmy (Benicio Del Toro) lying asleep on the sofa, his sister shaking him out off an almost deathlike slumber. As he goes about his work on the ranch, it is clear that Jimmy is suffering from either physical or psychological trauma sustained during the war. These symptoms include temporary blindness, flashing lights and total physical incapacity. What exactly »
- Flickering Myth
Producer Mike Medavoy made the announcement Sunday at Cannes, where Good Universe is handling international sales. Production is scheduled to begin in the fall in Chile with Ed McGurn also producing.
The screenplay has been written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera. Story dramatizes the events surrounding the mine’s collapse and the international effort to rescue them, which culminated in the emotional retrieval of all 33 miners trapped half a mile beneath the surface. The rescue was watched by more 1 billion viewers worldwide.
Banderas will play the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner known as “Super Mario.”
Medavoy secured the »
- Dave McNary
While the critical response to Baz Luhrmann's lavish take on The Great Gatsby has been lukewarm, reviews have by and large praised Leonardo DiCaprio's central turn as the mysterious, tragic Jay Gatsby.
Digital Spy looks back on five of DiCaprio's most iconic performances.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
At the tender age of 19, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for Lasse Hallström's touching family drama. Playing the mentally retarded younger brother of Johnny Depp's put-upon Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio was deservedly singled out for praise by almost every critic despite being a virtual unknown. It's an intensely likeable and physically specific performance that elevates an otherwise predictable story.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiographical novel, Scott Kalvert's drama tracked a high school basketball star's descent into drug addiction. The film debuted to decidedly mixed reviews, but again DiCaprio came out largely unscathed, with Rolling »
Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Shutter Island) are going to star in a remake of The Double Hour, an Italian film from 2009 directed by Giuseppe Capotondi.
Indigo Films' Nicola Giuliano, Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Journeyman Pictures' Paul Mezey are producing. Silver Reel Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment have partnered to finance and sell the film in Cannes.
Edgerton can next be seen in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, which is due out in the UK on May 16th. He has also completed the thriller Felony with Jai Courtney and Melissa George, and is currently filming Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor. »
Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie box office: DiCaprio’s second biggest opening ever — but trailing Titanic in ticket sales The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel earned $50.08m at the North American box office this past weekend, including $3.25 million from late Thursday night showings, according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Despite mostly poor reviews — The Great Gatsby has a 32% approval rating and 5.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — the Baz Luhrmann-directed take on the love story between Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan far surpassed the expectations of both distributor Warner Bros. and box-office pundits. In fact, The Great Gatsby trailed only Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $72.52 million at the domestic box office this past weekend. (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby.) Partly thanks to 3D surcharges and a strong female contingent of ticket-buyers, »
- Zac Gille
Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie weekend box office: DiCaprio’s second biggest opening ever? (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan) Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1920s novel. A risky move? Well, if so, it has clearly paid off. Although The Great Gatsby will not top the North American box office this weekend, it’ll land in a remarkably (and surprisingly) strong second slot. (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby movie adaptation, with Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan.) Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3 will easily lead the domestic box-office charge with approximately $65-70m, after plummeting 71% on Friday, compared to the previous week. True, opening-day Friday also included the box-office take from Thursday late night showings, but, for comparison’s sake, The Avengers was down 64% during that same time frame. »
- Zac Gille
"I happened to live next door to Leo at the time, so it wasn't a far journey," Maguire says. "I was like, `Oh, yeah. Sure. I can be over in 30 seconds if that's good for you.'"
"The Great Gatsby" is the first film of note co-starring the two longtime pals. It's fitting, too, because they play the classic tandem of the desperate romantic Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his lone friend, the narrator Nick Carraway (Maguire) – who, not unlike Maguire, lives adjacent to Gatsby.
Working together on a film is a long time coming for DiCaprio and Maguire. In a recent joint interview at the Plaza Hotel in New York, the two cheerfully reflected on their close friendship, flashing occasional glimpses of the »
Almost a full year after the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D adaptation of The Great Gatsby debuted, the much-buzzed-about (and long-delayed) F. Scott Fitzgerald tale is finally coming to the big screen. Gatsby will Charleston its way into theaters on Friday alongside Tyler Perry’s latest comedy, Peeples. Neither of the newcomers has a legitimate shot at taking out Iron Man 3, which will soar in its second weekend, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make an impact at the box office. To the contrary, Gatsby’s prospects look surprisingly strong.
Here’s how the box »
- Grady Smith
Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) is set to star in Martin Scorsese's (Hugo, Shutter Island) next project, Silence. The director's long-gestating adaptation of Japanese author Shusaku Endo's novel has secured financing and a production greenlight for June 2014.
Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that his mentor has abandoned the Church. It is a time of religious persecution in the Asian nation, with Christians forced to practice their faith in secret. Ken Watanabe (Inception) will star as the priests' interpreter, alongside a Japanese cast.
Location scouting is currently underway for the film, which is being co-financed by Emmett/Furla Films and Corsan Films. Silence is due to start shooting next summer.
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