MCGEE/DECAPRIO ~ KILL ME NOW!
Variety is reporting Leonardo DiCaprio is ‘attached’ to star as Travis McGee for director Peter Chernin’s take on The Deep Blue Goodbye:
Peter Chernin is making his presence felt on the 20th Century Fox lot, with the former News Corp. prexy's shingle coming onboard several film projects that were already in development at the studio.
The most prominent [film project for Chernin] of the bunch is The Deep Blue Goodbye, an adaptation of the John D. MacDonald mystery novel series that has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star.
DiCaprio is in line to play Travis McGee, a self-described beach bum who lives aboard 52-foot houseboat the Busted Flush and alleviates his cash-flow problems by hiring on as a "salvage consultant." He recovers property for clients, taking a hefty percentage and getting into a lot of danger and romance in sun-drenched Florida. "The Deep Blue Goodbye," the first in a 21-volume bestselling Travis McGee series, was originally published in 1964.
While I had a very hard time accepting DiCaprio as the male lead in Titanic, I have come to appreciate his skills as an actor in such films as The Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, and especially his turn in Blood Diamond – but as Travis McGee? Kill me now! Where is the Paul Newman from Cool Hand Luke when we need him?
Yes, I’ll go and see The Deep Blue Goodbye, even if it stars DiCaprio, because it’s a tale from one of my all time favorite series, but it sounds like a recipe for another McGee disaster. Rod Taylor and Sam Elliott could both have worked as the character, but were undermined by lousy scripts. No matter how good the script is for Blue, DiCaprio will have trouble filling McGee’s boat shoes.