Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in the film adaptation of the first book in the John D. Macdonald mystery series, The Deep Blue Goodbye. It is unclear if they are hoping to launch an entire series based off of Macdonald’s books yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising to hear seeing as almost everyone is remaking something or starting a new money-making chain of films.

Variety says Hollywood powerhouse Peter Chernin is coming back to 20th Century Fox after exiting news corp this past summer, or at least his production company is joining several projects already in development. With Dicaprio set to star, his company Appian Way will produce alongside Chernin’s new company.

Dicaprio is set to play the character Travis McGee. 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 doesn’t even declare himself a detective, but rather a “salvage expert.”

With Dicpario already taking movies like Shutter Island, Inception and The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt it seems like Dicaprio is trying his best to create some Oscar buzz for himself, or if nothing increase his ridiculously large bank account and overall A-list spot.

Do you think any of these movies will get DiCaprio an Oscar nod? Can we expect Leo to take a less demanding movie anytime soon? Are you interested in seeing The Deep Blue Goodbye?