Warners Plans Lew Archer Film Franchise

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”.