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Leonardo DiCaprio and Dennis Lehane re-team for Travis McGee

Shutter Island

Story by Jack Foley

LEONARDO DiCaprio is to re-team with writer Dennis Lehane for crime pic Travis McGee.

The pair have previously worked together on Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shutter Island and have two other projects in the works.

Travis McGee is based on John D. MacDonald’s 1964 mystery novel The Deep Blue Good-by, the first of 21 novels featuring the self-described ‘salvage consultant’ McGee as he is pitted against a thief turned serial rapist and murderer named Junior Allen.

It would mark Lehane’s first film adaptation that isn’t based on one of his works but is being seen as a potential new franchise for Twentieth Century Fox.

Lehane is also working with DiCaprio on an adaptation of the short story Running Out of Dog, which DiCaprio is developing through his Appian Way banner, while DiCaprio is also a producer on Live by Night, the novel that Ben Affleck is preparing as his directorial follow-up to Argo.

He has previously seen his novels Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone turned into successful, critically-acclaimed films.

He has also written the screenplay based on his short story Animal Rescue, which is in production with a cast that includes Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

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