Hot on the heels of completing his sequel (and worst titled film), Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone is rumored to be attaching himself to another possible franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a bid to perhaps reinvigorate his filmography after a series of increasingly awful duds (deep breath: U-Turn, Any Given Sunday, Alexander, World Trade Center, and W.—seriously, what happened?), Stone is currently in talks to direct Travis McGee for Fox.
According to THR:
“McGee is the shaggy hero of 21 detective novels written by John D. MacDonald and could provide fodder for another Fox franchise. The movie will be based on the first book in the series, “The Deep Blue Good-by,” published in 1964. The novel tracks the Florida-based “salvage consultant” as he reluctantly leaves his houseboat to go in search of a treasure hidden by a soldier after World War II.”
Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly taking time off from grimacing and generally looking very serious in Martin Scorsese films to play the titular role of McGee. This would be the first time Stone and DiCaprio have worked together; the two were originally set to collaborate on an adaptation of the controversial novel American Psycho in the late 1990’s, but we see how that turned out. In hindsight they really did Christian Bale a favor on that one.
What do you think of the news? Can Oliver Stone tackle an action franchise?