Paul Greengrass Could Direct The Deep Blue Good-by Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
04.27.11 by Ryan
Director Paul Greengrass is known for directing action movies like The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and last year's Green Zone, but was planning to head back to more dramatic territory (not unlike his 2006 movie United 93) for his next project: Memphis, a biopic about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Deadline reports that Greengrass is pushing back production on Memphis until next year, after Universal Pictures dropped the movie earlier this month and further financing could not be secured in time for Memphis' June production start. With Memphis on hold, Greengrass is looking for another project in the meantime, and one could team him with Leonardo DiCaprio.
In 2009, DiCaprio was set to star in The Deep Blue Good-By, which DiCaprio's Appian Way production company was also developing, but no director was ever hired. Based on the 1964 novel by John D. MacDonald, DiCaprio would play Travis McGee, a Floridian beach bum who works as a "salvage consultant" when he needs money. Dana Stevens (For Love of the Game) and Kario Salem (Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) wrote the script for the movie, which Deadline says could be Greengrass' next directorial project. L.A. Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland's nautical creature script, Here There Be Monsters, could also be in the running for Greengrass' attention.
What the report doesn't cover is how DiCaprio will have time to shoot The Deep Blue Good-By with Greengrass before he starts Memphis next year. The actor is currently shooting J. Edgar for director Clint Eastwood, and will play the lead role in The Great Gatsby this August for director Baz Luhrmann.
The Deep Blue Good-By is the first of a 21-volume series of novels by MacDonald, and, once the first movie gets off the ground, could be the start of a movie franchise for DiCaprio.