Clive Owen Is Philip Marlowe

Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment want Clive Owen to star as Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled private eye Philip Marlowe reports Variety.

Strike has made a deal to get rights to a Chandler mystery series that includes “The Big Sleep” and “Farewell My Lovely”.

The project is in a nascent stage — they are courting writers and filmmakers — and they haven’t decided which title to adapt.

The plan is to keep the noir spirit of the Chandler books, and keep the mysteries set in the 1940s in Los Angeles.

Marlowe will continue to be the hard-drinking, wisecracking gumshoe who narrates much of his own tale.