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A project involving Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio sounds almost too good to be true. And in a way, it is.
According to Variety, Bale is currently in the final stages of signing on to work with DiCaprio in the film adaptation of Travis McGee's The Deep Blue Goodbye. DiCaprio was initially expected to star in the movie (back when we first heard about it in 2010), but now he's on the team of producers (with Appian Way) while Bale is in talks to take the lead role.
This movie has been a long time coming, but it sounds like it's finally headed for production. And while it's a bit disappointing that we won't get to see the two great stars on screen together, their names on the project—along with director James Mangold (Walk The Line, The Wolverine, and Girl, Interrupted)—give us high hopes.
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Well, looks like Paul Greengrass won’t be making his Martin Luther King, Jr movie anytime soon. And since idle hands are the devil’s workshop (which I bet violates so many building codes) he’s looking for another project. Among the front runners for his next film is an adaptation of The Deep Good-By, a novel featuring the misadventure-prone beach bum and sometimes “salvage consultant” Travis McGee. Oliver Stone was considering it as his next picture, but dropped out in favor of the quickly-casting-up Savages.
Leading the pack of potential McGee's is Leonardo DiCaprio, who's long wanted to play the laid-back protagonist. The McGee novels have numbers running in the tens, so this is a potential franchise (because everything is a franchise these days). Greengrass is looking at other projects as well while Dicaprio hasn’t had a weekend free in three years and seems to be booked all the way through 2034.
The Oscar winner walked out on the TV mechanic in March (10) after porn star Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee went public with news of her 11-month fling with James.
Bullock filed for divorce in Travis County, Texas in April (10), after revealing she and James had adopted a baby boy from Louisiana and she was planning to raise the child as a single mum.
In court filings, Bullock claimed the marriage had "become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities".
According to TMZ.com, both parties signed the final documents last week (ends27Jun10). Details of the divorce settlement have not been released.
The Oscar-winning actress walked out on James in March (10), after tattooed model Michelle McGee went public with claims of an 11-month affair with the TV mechanic.
Several other women also came forward with allegations of affairs with James, prompting the disgraced star to issue a public apology to his wife and check into rehab to deal with his personal issues.
Bullock has confirmed to People magazine the marriage is definitely over, and also revealed the couple adopted a baby boy from New Orleans, Louisiana shortly before news broke of the scandal.
Divorce documents filed in Travis County Court on 23 April (10) reveal Bullock was able to keep the proceedings out of the public eye by filing under her initials spelled backwards: B.A.S.
The filings read: "The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate end of the marriage/relationship and prevents any reasonable expectations of reconciliation."
According to the documents, the estranged couple will "enter into agreement for the division of their estate".
On the heels of news that Leonardo DiCaprio may star as J. Edgar Hoover for Clint Eastwood comes word on another DiCaprio project.
Oliver Stone is reportedly jumping in to develop and possibly direct Travis McGee, based on the fictional detective created by John D. MacDonald. DiCaprio would play the title character.
Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment is attached to produce with Amy Robinson and Appian Way's DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
The film would use the storyline from the first of MacDonald's 21 books, The Deep Blue Goodbye, in which the beach-bum salvage consultant searches for a World War II treasure.
Dana Stevens and Kario Salem wrote the screenplay.
In this pilot to a prospective Travis McGee detective series, Sam Elliott portrays John D. MacDonald's world-weary private eye trying to help charter boat skipper friend Richard Farnsworth salvage his reputation that sank when his boat ran aground, resulting in a death that just might have been faked. Gene Evans is Meyer, McGee's advisor and confidante, in this adaptation by Stirling Silliphant.