Sept. 29, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST
Leo's getting a little older, he could do with a regular character for a film series. And if it does real well, maybe they'll repackage those books and sell them with Leo's mug on the cover! Marketing this will be as smooth as Bar Rafaeli's freshly shorn quim.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST
There was one theatrical McGee movie, "Darker Than Amber" with Rod Taylor as McGee. The climactic fight scene with William Smith (in a ship state room) is one of the best ever filmed, and it is obvious they are actually hurting each other. If DiCaprio takes this seriously...maybe. Hell, probably better than the Sam Elliot TV movie of "A Tan And Sandy Silence". "Darker than Amber" wasn't successful at the BO, but director Robert Clouse probably got "Enter The Dragon" based on that damn fight.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST
Cuz that'd be a neat cameo by Tits.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST
Sounds kinda cool. I just cannot wait for Shutter Island. SO PUMPED for that. http://sickpicks.blogspot.com/
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST
Is this a sequel?
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST
Holy shit, that's a great fight. Love watching William Smith kick ass.
Sept. 29, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST
There, I feel better now.
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST
And he's (DiCaprio) gonna buff up for the role in this fliq.....then lose it all to try to get in Batman Begins III/The Dark Knight II
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST
talking about being faithful to the source material.....yeah whatever YIPPEE KAI-YAY MOTHER(GUNSHOT)!!!!!!!
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST
I read on Wiki that his favorite TV show is the original TZ so I have to give the guy some props for having good taste. Looking forward to Inception and I hope that it's more TZ then Matrix.
Sept. 29, 2009, 4:02 a.m. CST
If a Travis McGee movie were made back in the 1960's, I would have cast Steve McQueen. In 2009 I'd cast Daniel Craig --if he weren't already James Bond. The point being, Travis McGee is a tough guy and has to be played by someone who can be convincing in that regard. Di Caprio is a good actor, but it's not a criticism to say that he's lacking in that area. Now, if he's been cast as the villain that would be terrific. If he's McGee, well, I'll still have the books I guess but I'll pass on the movie.
Sept. 29, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST
Us fans of the series wait so long for a decent adaptation to get off the ground and we get this? Maybe if he's producing or something, but casting him as Mcgee? That's totally wrong for the character.
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST
6'3" 205 is not exactly the Herculean proportions of the big-time college star. For an inside linebacker at a major university, you'd need to be around 6'2", 250. For defensive end, 6'4', 280. And for the big boys at offensive tackle, youre looking around 6'5", 320+. So, in a word, no, Leo is not a particurlaly believable college football star.
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:22 a.m. CST
Good Christ-- McGee is a MAN, not a boy, and a big man, physically imposing, ex-college football star. He's weathered, cynical, worldly and really, really tough. None of the above describes DiCaprio. Pitt would have been a good choice, or someone who can convey the same age and bearing. Nothing personal against DiCaprio, but anytime he plays anything other than a 16-25 year old, I can't buy him as an actor.
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST
But, of course, not possible. Who's a good choice between our modern options? Um... have to give this some thought... but I'd love to see a decent McGee film series.
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST
...it's fucking distracting. And confusing. <P>Other words to avoid:<P> Begins. Terminal. Rising. Impact. Maximum. Dead. Transformers.
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST
by The Bunglermoose
...to the point where I actually enjoy his work. But I'm not sure he's the right fit for this. I could probably overlook the "non-ex-football player" thing, but as some of the others pointed out, it's going to be some time before DiCaprio is going to be believable portraying a man of his actual age. Daniel Craig would be a good fit. There's nothing that really precludes him from doing this, is there?
Sept. 29, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST
The already mentioned Daniel Craig would be great. Thomas Jane; Brad Pitt; Viggo Mortensen; Hugh Jackman; Christian Bale; Val Kilmer; Josh Brolin. Hell, Matthew McConaughey could use a good movie for once... Essentially, even Patrick Swayze would be a better choice than rat-face at this point.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST
Please don't do this. Or reincarnate Rod Taylor. And who's Meyer: Jonah fucking Hill? Agree with most of the above: McGee is a BLOKE, Leo plays CHAPS. Young ones. And no amount of Rhodesian accents or druggy Boston drawls can camouflage that girly face. Get a man, Fox, or piss off. Worthington, Bana, Eckhart...Christ even Butler could pull it off if he works on the accent. I should just stop reading stories about Fox. Too depressing.
Sept. 29, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST
by Billy Oblivion
but it won't be Travis McGee. Rod Taylor and William Smith throwing down? I have GOT to see that. Is the movie otherwise watchable?
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST
Not from Fox. And not Babyface Half-Nelson. Ray Stevenson is absolutely BORN to play the role. He's right, time is right, Fox is wrong, DiCaprio is SO wrong... and Deep Blue Goodbye is not the best place to start. Too dated. They need to skip the first four books, which were experimental as JDM found his balance with the character. MAYBE pick it up with The Quick Red Fox.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
I watched Stevenson with fascination in Rome and told many he would make a great McGee. Punisher sucked but it showed he could handle the role as a quintessential American - and he's physically and temperamentally McGee all the way. This sucks so bad...
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
Who's playing the bad guy? Zac Efron? <P> Hollyweird's panzy corps strikes again.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST
by Vlad the Inhaler
... with Matthew McConaughy as McGee. Physically, he's perfect for the part, and he's also processed of the same languid demeanor as MacDonald's gin-soaked knight errant. DiCaprio, of course, is absurdly wrong for the part.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST
He could be cool; buff him up a little. No McConaughy, because no matter what he does, his character comes off as fundamentally being a moron. Clive Owen could do it if he spent some time lifting and got a tan.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST
My copy of "Darker Than Amber" is a bootleg from Sweden with Swedish subtitles! It's the only way I could get an unedited copy. It's like 5th generation. Do you know of a better source? Please please?
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST
Is actually a good movie. I saw it in the theater and remembered that damn fight for DECADES before I could get a copy. The acting is just fine...really, I think it had everything except a director who handles drama as well as he did action.
Sept. 29, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST
IIRC McGee went to college in the 1940s. Those dimensions are more believable in that context. Not crazy about this casting. Almost rather see Keanu.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST
It's just so <i>COOL</i> to buy character/book RIGHTS... even if not getting (it) it done RIGHT.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST
...mid-70's Paul Newman to me. He would have been perfect.
Sept. 29, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST
Thinking I'll just buy a used VHS tape. If it's good, I'll start bugging The New Beverly to screen it - and get Rod Taylor to stop by for a Q&A if he's available (and in town). He's eighty, but, hey, he just turned up in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS!
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST
...would be perfect. I like DiCaprio, he's got skills, but physically I can't see him as McGee. (He could be excellent as evil handsome creep Junior Allen though.) I've always thought Neil McDonough would make a good Trav. He's gotta work on that tan but otherwise he's great... http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0568180/ And Peter Jackson as Meyer. And start with Deadly Shade of Gold.
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST
by Orbots Commander
It's great it's in development at a studio. It sucks that the studio happens to be a fuck-up like Fox. <p> I also can't see Dicaprio, as good an actor as he is, as John D. Macdonald's detective. If anything, this has Pitt written all over it; it'd be a great vehicle for him. McGee is supposed to be an older, former college football star, early-retirement guy in his late 30's-early 40's. Leo still looks 25.
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST
by Orbots Commander
He'd kill in that part.
Sept. 29, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST
Yep. He'd be great. Peter Jackson was always my impossible fantasy pick for Meyer...but Galifianakis is not only a (now) realistic choice but a great one.
Sept. 29, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST
He did a terrific interview in Shock Cinema magazine some years back, must-read. he has had some life. Told a story about him and Lee Marvin mixing it up with some Hells Angels in LA (Marvin couldn't throw a punch, apparently). Talked about having a woman take a shot at him for killing Nolte in Rich Man, poor Man. And he was lined up for Saxon's Role in ETD. Wild stuff.
Sept. 29, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST
in Korea. <P> BTW - William Smith is a fucking Renaissance Man of Manliness.
Yeah, his language skills made him gold over there. And made him a shoo-in for his Red Dawn role.
Sept. 29, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST
by Mel Garga
I still get Travis McGee questions once a week. The plaque commemorating the novels is in the marina office. People come from all over to see it.
Sept. 29, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST
"He's eighty, but, hey, he just turned up in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS!" Where he looked 110.
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST
I've got a lot of time for DiCaprio, but Rothman's Fox can't even get X-Men movies right, let alone something as idiosyncratic as the McGee novels.
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
Sept. 29, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST
I loved all these books, but like all series detective fiction they are all kind of the same. It's B material, but since they don't make B movies anymore they should just make it a TV movie for Spike. DiCaprio as Travis McGee? That is just really dumb. But the real man is a dinosaur.
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST
Hollywood has tried this over and over, and only Darker Than Amber got close. I don't know of a tall, gangly actor working today who could play McGee. And I'd far rather Bill Goldman did the script, but they're not likely to listen to me... As to Leo, he might do okay, but he's still too short. If anybody has a better suggestion, though, I'd love to hear it. At least they're staying away from Tom Cruise. Dr. Ludwig Meyer
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST
Sept. 30, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST
They tried to cast Chuck Conners in this role. John wouldn't approve it. Does that tell you how stupid Hollywood can be?
Sept. 30, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST
When you look at Leo you see boy or young man. Travis McGee was blond, 6ft 6in and HUGE. McGee was not a young man-boy. He was incredibly tough and sometimes spent months in medical recovery. Sometimes he lost. I don't think he ever had a 100% win. I can see a buff George Clooney playing him. Leo? No way.
Nov. 24, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST
Donal Logue of Terriers. All they got to do is clean him up a little and lighten his hair. He's tough, sensitive and smart. What's not to like?