20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have at least delayed and potentially scrapped production on James Mangold’s upcoming film adaptation of the pulp adventure novel “The Deep Blue Good-by” due to an injury sustained by star Christian Bale.
Bale was to play 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.
However, Bale was reportedly at his home in Los Angeles when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a severe injury that will require several months for the actor to fully recover. Shooting was originally slated to start this Summer, but Fox has now halted production on the project until Bale is fully healed as the role requires plenty of action.
The film’s director James Mangold was to helm “The Deep Blue Good-by” and then the third solo “Wolverine” film, now due to the delay, Mangold will shoot the next “Wolverine” first and then return to ‘Deep Blue’ should Fox decide to proceed with the project. Bale was to begin filming “The Big Short” with Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt shortly.