Leonardo DiCaprio is reuniting with Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane for the 20th Century Fox crime drama Travis McGee. Dennis Lehane will write the adapted screenplay, based on the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the title character. Here's an official description of the novel below.
"Travis McGee -- He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half..."
This project will mark the first time that author/screenwriter Dennis Lehane is adapting another writer's work, although he has written episodes of The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Castle. Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Shutter Island, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel. They are currently collaborating on his latest adaptation Live by Night, which Ben Affleck is directing.
Travis McGee has been in development since 2001, and Fox wants to make a potential franchise out of John D. MacDonald's 21 Travis McGee novels. Paul Greengrass, Gary Fleder, and Oliver Stone had previously been attached to direct at various times, although the project currently does not have a director. Leonardo DiCaprio is also producing alongside Peter Chernin and Amy Robinson.