Dennis Lehane and Leonardo DiCaprio making another movie together
Dennis Lehane will have another movie on the big screen soon, with the author preparing to write the screenplay for Travis McGee, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It's not based on one of Lehane's books, of course, but until Ben Affleck finishes the Ybor City-set Live by Night, it'll have to do.
Travis McGee will be based on the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By, and will feature a 6-foot-4 monster of a man in the titular character. We're assuming he will be played by DiCaprio, because The Hollywood Reporter doesn't specify. Of course, Hollywood also had Tom Cruise play Jack Reacher, so who knows?
It'll be the fourth time DiCaprio and Lehane have made a movie togehter. They made Shutter Island, natch, and Running Out of Dog, based on a Lehane short story, is on the way. DiCaprio is also a producer for Affleck's project, the shooting location of which has been a question mark.
Although the story is set in Ybor, the state hasn't set aside money this year to provide financial incentives for movie shoots, tbt*'s Steve Persall wrote last week. That means there's some question whether the production will come to town in the fall, when shooting is scheduled to start.
The Juice* did get word from an anonymous spy that Affleck was spotted at the Don Vicente De Ybor Historic Inn on Wednesday, however, so maybe Lehane's lobbying for Tampa will pay off.