Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Leonardo DiCaprio Signs On to Play Travis McGee

The Deep Blue Good-by by John D. MacDonald

Variety is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is on board for an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's first Travis McGee mystery, The Deep Blue Good-By, and will play the Ft. Lauderdale (FL) "salvage consultant". The book was originally published in 1964. (Variety misspells the book's title, so it isn't clear whether the movie will retain the book's original title or assume a new one.)

Book synopsis: Cathy Kerr is innocence turned helpless desperation—all because of the smiling freckle-faced stranger named Junior Allen who has stolen a fortune in gems that her father had smuggled into the country. Cathy has nowhere to turn—except to another stranger, that man named Travis McGee—who is a walking pillar of cold rage as he follows the depraved wreckage of Junior Allen's trail.

Two other Travis McGee novels have been filmed: Darker Than Amber, a 1970 film with Rod Taylor, and The Empty Copper Sea with Sam Elliott in 1983. Several other MacDonald books have also been adapted, probably the most famous of which is The Executioners, which was filmed (twice) as Cape Fear.

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