James Mangold Waves A “Deep Blue Good-by”

James Mangold (“The Wolverine”) is in negotiations to direct a film adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s 1964 novel “The Deep Blue Good-by”

The first title in the 21-book strong Travis McGee 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.

Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to play McGee back in May, but he is no longer starring though remains onboard as producer. Author Dennis Lehane wrote the most recent draft of the adapted screenplay.

Source: Deadline