Oscar-nominated “Gone Girl” star Rosamund Pike is in talks to headline Fox’s “The Deep Blue Good-by” opposite Christian Bale. Directed by James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line,” “The Wolverine”), this is based on John D. MacDonald’s 1964 novel, the first in a series of 21 books that follow “savage consultant” Travis McGee (Bale), a bachelor who recovers other people’s property for money and gets mixed up with women and criminals along the way. (Variety reports here.)
The script is penned by cult crime writer Dennis Lehane (“Gone Baby Gone,” “Shutter Island”), with Scott Frank chiseling away at a recent draft. No details yet on who exactly Pike will play, but she will be the female lead here. Pike will shoot “The Deep Blue Good-by” before heading into the plane crash survival drama “The Mountain Between Us” (also co-penned by Scott Frank) opposite Charlie Hunnam. She also has a bevy of other projects in the trunk including “Return to Sender,” now in post, a small-town thriller directed by Fouad Mikati.
Chernin Entertainment, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson-Killoran are producing “The Deep Blue Good-by” for Appian Way along with Amy Robinson.