Leonardo DiCaprio reteams with "Shutter Island" writer

May 22nd, 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio is re-teaming with 'Shutter Island' writer Dennis Lehane.

The Hollywood writer will pen the screenplay for DiCaprio's crime picture 'Travis McGee', based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 book 'The Deep Blue Good-by'.

The mystery novel was the first of a 21 book series focusing on the character Travis McGee, a self-described ''salvage consultant'' and his exploits in recovering property for its rightful owner, for a fee, and usually using maverick methods.

The film - to be developed by DiCaprio's Appian Way company - is seen by backers 20th Century Fox as a potential franchise.

The movie will be produced by Jennifer Davisson-Killoran, Amy Robinson and Peter Chernin. While DiCaprio is linked to the project it remains unconfirmed if he will star.

The screenplay will be the second book Lehane has adapted after 'Shutter Island' - which starred DiCaprio - and his first not based on his own novel, although his taut, mystery-thriller style is said to be a good match for the late MacDonald's.

Lehane has also enjoyed Hollywood success with his previous novels, with both 'Mystic River' and 'Gone, Baby, Gone' adapted into films.

His novel 'Live by Night' is also reportedly being prepared for the screen, with rumours Ben Affleck will direct and DiCaprio will produce.