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Dennis Lehane to Write ‘Travis McGee’ for Fox

Peter Chernin is on board to produce

Fox has tapped “Shutter Island” author Dennis Lehane to pen the script for World War II drama “Travis McGee.”

Peter Chernin and Amy Robinson will produce. THR broke the news.

Leonardo DiCaprio was once attached and his involvement is still being worked out. Mark Boal and David James Kelly are some of the other writers to work on the script in recent years.

Based on the book “Deep Blue Good-by,” the novel was part of 21 book series focusing on Travis Magee who is the central character in a series of mysteries by John D. McDonald.  They are classic sleuth novels, set it Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Though this is Lehane’s second time writing a script it is the first time he has penned one that isn’t based off his own material. He previously wrote the Fox Searchlight pic “Animal Rescue” which is based on a short story he wrote.

Lehane is repped Amy Schiffman at IPG.

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