Peter Landesman has been hired to adapt the script for a film adaptation of Ross Macdonald’s 1959 novel “The Galton Case” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Silver Pictures reports Deadline.
The plan is to launch a potential film noir franchise from the property starting with this eighth book in the series following private detective Lew Archer. Joel Silver will produce.
Archer is a P.I. who cracks dangerous cases in Southern California in the 1950s and 60s. In ‘Galton’ he’s hired to track down the lost heir to a family fortune – a job that leads to a trail of murder, deception and secrets.
Paul Newman played the character twice – in 1966’s “Harper” and 1975’s “The Drowning Pool”. Landesman most recently scripted “The Mission” for Warners and a film about former FBI man Mark Felt (the famed ‘Deep Throat’ in the Watergate scandal).