THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY Eyes Christian Bale After He Passes on TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2

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The film adaption of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By has taken a rather convoluted path towards the silver screen.  Fox got close to deals with both Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to direct the film before going after James Mangold (hot off saving The Wolverine from disaster).  Initially Leonardo DiCaprio intended to play the part of Travis McGee in the intended franchise but had to pull out for scheduling reasons.  He remains onboard as a producer, but now reports have Christian Bale eyeing the lead role (though a formal offer has yet to be made).

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time a film has flirted with both Stone and DiCaprio before moving on to Bale (an early version of American Psycho had the pair attached).  Now, apparently having passed on True Detective Season 2, Bale is keen on this project as well.  Hit the jump for more on Christian Bale possibly joining The Deep Blue Good-By.

deep-blue-good-by-christian-baleIn addition to reporting that Bale is in early talks to star, Variety reports that Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island) wrote the most recent draft of the script.  As for Bale passing on True Detective?  That’s per The Wrap.  The Deep Blue Good-By, if a hit, could be paying dividends for years to come.  The mystery series spans an impressive 21 books (of which I have read none, perhaps I should check it out).

The True Detective bit is interesting to me.  I wonder if Bale passed on the role that eventually went to Colin Farrell or if it was the Taylor Kitsch part.  Any bets on which it was?

Here’s a synopsis for the source novel:

Travis McGee is 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.
 
McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior’s latest victim, Lois Atkinson.

Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women’s spirits and livelihoods. But he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse. [Amazon]




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  • Strong Enough

    This motherfucker thinks he’s better than True Detective? Bah!

    • JonDoe297

      Of course he is.He was the world’s greatest.

      • Strong Enough

        WAS? lmao

      • LEM

        Very good, a detective to the last.

    • Verbal Kent

      I think the True Detective producers are shooting for the fences. They should start low then work their way up to actors like Pitt and Bale.

      • ruthwlandrum

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        last week I bought themselves a Chrysler from having made $5060 thiss month
        and-in excess of, 10/k last-month . it’s realy the easiest-work I have ever done
        . I started this 4 months ago and pretty much straight away was bringin in at
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    • lord jim

      true detective was great but it is finished.to make a second season that has nothing to do with the first one is just money grabbing – is it so hard to come up with a new name for a new series?and how do you know if this new series is gonna be as great as true detective?

      • agent777

        HBO also has a tendency to lose it on the second season, and having a completely different plot makes that possibility that much more likely.

        One does not flirt with the King in Yellow and expect to walk away…

      • Strong Enough

        how can it be money grab if that was the plan all along? its a tv series of course it will have a second season doofus

      • lord jim

        it´s one closed story, the director himself called it an eight hour movie.the so called second season has nothing to do with the first one, different directors, different characters, different place, different story.there is no crossover at all, so it´s not even a spin off.the only thing they have in common is the same writer, so who is here the doofus?but i guess you would have called futurama the simpsons (and they have more in common)?

      • Strong Enough

        Its an ANTHOLOGY. Just like American Horror Story. that was the plan all along. Even before the first season started we all knew the second one would be different.

      • lord jim

        american horror story has the same actors playing different character at least.tell me one series besides true detective where the seasons don´t even have that.it´s not just a different season it´s a completely different serie, while the first one left many threats open.i truly don´t get this idea.besides they wouldn´t make a “second season” and call it true detective if the first one wasn´t as successful.

      • Strong Enough

        What don’t you get? It was decided way before the first episode even began that this would be the plan. it isn’t a cash grab. Nic wants it as an anthology. Nic has always stated it will be true detective with a second season with different characters. its still called true detective because it’s STILL ABOUT DETECTIVES genius! you are WRONG.

        i mean where the fuck have you been? EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS. lol

      • lord jim

        don´t be childish.how am i wrong?you mean hbo would finance this under the same name if it would have been a flop?sure that´s how business works…

      • Strong Enough

        No it would have been cancelled like every other show you nitwit. True Detective is the name of the show. this isn’t that hard to grasp unless you have a low IQ or you’re trolling.

      • lord jim

        the fact that you don´t get that it´s strange to make a second season that has absolutely nothing in common with the first one, as if it was a common thing is really not my problem.you are the troll sir.so long.

      • Strong Enough

        its called an ANTHOLOGY dumbass! Nic wants to make an ANTHOLOGY! the plan was always to keep the name true detective but have different stores of cops and crime every season. and it does have something in common. The name of the show is TRUE DETECTIVE. it involves detectives and the law like the first one. omg you are so stupid smh.

      • lord jim

        the fact that you don´t get that it´s strange to make a second season that has absolutely nothing in common with the first one, as if it was a common thing is really not my problem.you are the troll sir.so long.

  • Verbal Kent

    I honestly can’t picture Bale on TV.

    • Redjester

      I think the problem is that Bale can’t picture Bale on TV.

      Bale is still under the mistaken belief that television is an inferior product.

      Bale couldn’t be more wrong.

      • Verbal Kent

        TV is inferior to film. Hell, TV is inferior to theater. #Truth

      • Redjester

        “Hell, TV is inferior to theater! #Truth.”

        Hate to break it to you, but pretty much everything is inferior to theatre in terms of the overall quality of the actors involved.

      • Shawn

        I think Bale didn’t want to work six months on one project.

        Besides he’s not the only one. Chastain turned it down as well.

        And it could be that season two won’t be as amazing as the first.

      • 80sRobot

        God to see Bale and Chastain together in a True Detective season…!

      • Redjester

        Bale and Chastain would have taken the show to an ungodly level of awesomeness and with McConaughey and Harrelson would have created a solid precedent for the show’s future seasons.

        It would be hard for any actor to turn down the show’s third season had Woody and Matthew been followed up by Bale and Chastain.

        Although, if you want the internet to really explode, somehow convince Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix to do a season.

      • Sten

        Good call! Or try Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, but with reversed or twisted roles. That’d be awesome.

      • Strong Enough

        Jessica was a rumor

      • Shawn

        Chastain being cast was false but she was definitely offered a role.

      • Strong Enough

        I don’t think so. Nic already said everything online was bullshit. he was still writing at the time of the rumor. casting JUST started around the time colin was rumored for a role

      • Shawn

        Of course he’s going to deny. It doesn’t bode well for season 2 if top stars are turning down the show. Whoever they went to next knows that these guys already turned it down and might hesitate. The Wrap which confirmed Bale turned it down also confirmed Chastain turned it down.

      • Shawn

        @ Strong Enough
        I also remeber that just a day before the Colin Farrell/Taylor Kitsch casting news broke Pizzolatto denied that he had spoken to any actors about roles. He’s clearly hiding anything he can about casting news.

      • Strong Enough

        Naw i don’t think that is the case. It was a rumor. And it was too early to start casting. especially when Nic is still figuring out the characters. Its a bogus internet claim.

      • Shawn

        I’ll repeat here what I put in that other post:
        I also remeber that just a day before the Colin Farrell/Taylor Kitsch
        casting news broke Pizzolatto denied that he had spoken to any actors
        about roles. He’s clearly hiding anything he can about casting news.

        Perhaps there as never an official offer but I do believe Chastain was approached and she said she didn’t have interest or time or whatever to do it.

      • Strong Enough

        hey we shall never know the truth.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Christian Bale is miles above an HBO show, no matter how good it is. That would be like Derek Jeter going back to the minor leagues bro…

      • Strong Enough

        its shouldnt be about the medium but about the quality. if true detetctive has a better script than 99 percent of the movies bale reads then why shouldnt he do it? besides its not TV its HBO :)

      • lord jim

        because a movie (if it´s not by kubrick) doesn´t involve one year of work where you can´t do anything else.

      • Strong Enough

        But he is an actor and as an actor you should challenge yourself for the best work nah? or don’t call yourself an actor

      • lord jim

        so you think the deep blue good-by is not gonna be challenging?

      • Strong Enough

        all i am saying is if i was an actor i’d go to the best work regardless of medium. bale can do whateva the hell he wants

      • lord jim

        i loved true detective, but from a writing point of view macdonald is certainly better.

      • Strong Enough

        sure but the script might be trash

      • lordjim

        so he should take a project where he can´t do anything else for at least one year?not even the first season´s director wants to repeat that.and how do you know it´s gonna be as great as the first one?

      • Spanky

        WTF, do you retards just sit around making up your own little stories in your head?

    • Hey

      So what a lot of you are saying is that Bale is too good for TV…but not Matthew Mcconaughey or Woody Harrelson, they fit right in?

      • Verbal Kent

        I think those two are about as high quality as they’ll ever get for that show.

      • Redjester

        How does it feel to be the Debby Downer of Collider.com?

      • agent777

        Woody Harrelson’s career was launched by the show Cheers.

    • LEM

      It’s not TV it’s HBO.

      • Verbal Kent

        womp womp

      • LEM

        womp womp
        A lighthearted phrase that indicates a loss.; A sound of loss heard on a gameshow. (first womp is a higher frequency sound than the second womp)

      • Verbal Kent

        Yeah, you clearly lost your ability to deliver a joke, if you ever had it to begin with.

      • LEM

        So it’s a vertical slice on the wrist…right?

  • zonver

    maybe its just scheduling… we dont know..

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  • Bo

    Evan, as to if you should maybe ‘check out’ the books the answer is yes…of course! Start with this first one in the 21 book series. I did about a year ago and have finished all 21 books. In their order of publication. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t read any of MacDonald’s McGee books before. It’s really great stuff. John D. MacDonald was out of his mind on the button with this character, his take on the world, his integrity and personal morality. One can’t find anything better in this genre so I hope you check it out to see what this whole film is about and why they are bringing it to the screen. And Bale is a great choice to play McGee. If there are any other young guys who like to read I would suggest they begin with this first book to see if they like it and see if they can stop themselves from reading all the others. If you really like to read and like the genre you are in for a real treat!!

  • IWantRustyBack

    he passed on true detective? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!!!

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