Taken star Liam Neeson is taking his tough and gruff act to the early ’50s in MARLOWE. The spec is written by William Monahan (The Departed) follows Philip Marlowe, a restless and lonely private detective who hasn’t been getting a lot of business — until he meets a beautiful blonde who is searching for her ex-lover.
As the case unfolds, Marlowe finds out that her ex-lover’s disappearance is part of a bigger mystery. As a result, he becomes wrapped up with one of the more powerful families in Bay Cities who are willing to go to any length’s to protect their fortune.
The spec is based on the book The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black. Nickel City Pictures and Gary Levinson are set to produce.
Neeson isn’t the first actor to play the character of Philip Marlowe. He has been portrayed on the big screen many times, but most famously by Humphrey Bogart in 1946’s The Big Sleep which was later remade in 1978 where Robert Mitchum took on the role. In 1973, Eliot Gould played Marlowe in the Robert Altman-directed The Long Good-Bye.
Neeson recently starred in awards season pics Silence and A Monster Calls. Next up for the Oscar-nominated actor is the Mark Felt biopic Felt and the thriller The Commuter. He also stars in Steve McQueen’s forthcoming Widows opposite Viola Davis.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer