Christian Bale is in early talks to star as Travis McGee in the long gestating film adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel "The Deep Blue Good-by"
The first title in a nearly two dozen book strong series, the story follows unlicensed private investigator McGee who is a free-living bachelor and reluctant hero living on the houseboat 'The Busted Flush' in Fort Lauderdale.
McGee 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.
No official offer is in place yet, but Bale has agreed to come on to star. James Mangold ("The Wolverine") has now closed his deal to direct the project which Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson-Killoran are producing. Dennis Lehane and Scott Frank penned the script.