Fleder Helms Deep Blue Good-by

Gary Fleder is in talks to direct Fox’s adaptation of “The Deep Blue Good-by”, the first title in crime author John MacDonald’s 21-book strong Travis McGee series says The Hollywood Reporter.

Penned in the 60’s & 70’s, McGee is an unlicensed private investigator, free-living bachelor and reluctant hero who lives on a houseboat in Florida and works as a “salvage consultant,” recovering property and money for clients and taking half the fee in return. In many ways he’s the absolute last-ditch option for ever getting back whatever it is you lost.

“Good-by” centers on McGee’s efforts to track down a treasure that a soldier escaped with and hid after World War II. All the McGee novels feature a color in the title.

Fox plans to create a potential franchise for the studio. Fleder’s hiring comes as no surprise thanks to his acclaimed adaptation of James Patterson’s Alex Cross novel “Kiss the Girls” in 1997.