Stone looking to lead DiCaprio through THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY.

THR is reporting that Oliver Stone is in discussons to direct THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY, based on the iconic novel by John D. MacDonald.

As has been previously reported, Leonardo DiCaprio is slated to play the lead, Travis McGee.

Travis is a former navy man that lives on a houseboard (the Busted Flush) and acts as a “salvage consultant” and helps folks out for a large fee. He is described as a “knight in slightly tarnished armor” and usually ended up aiding a lovely lady.

TDBG was publshed in 1964 and was the first of 21 books to featuring McGee. It seems certain that Fox is hoping this will become a new franchise. Travis McGee hit the silver screen in 1970 when Rod Taylor played him in Darker than Amber. In 1983, a telefilm (based on The Empty Copper Sea) was made, for ABC, with Sam Elliot as McGee.

The writer is Dana Stevens, who wrote CITY OF ANGELS and FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME as well as having been a writer/producer for the television series WHAT ABOUT BRIAN. I never saw WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, but neither film exactly rocked my world.