Warner Bros. Pictures and Random House Films have acquired the film rights to Ross Macdonald’s mystery novel series following private detective Lew Archer says Deadline.
The plan is to launch a potential film noir franchise from the property starting with the eighth book in the series, 1959’s “The Galton Case”. 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.
A writer will soon be hired to adapt the script. Paul Newman played the character twice – in 1966’s “Harper” and 1975’s “The Drowning Pool”.