In an announcement that feels custom-designed to appeal to BMD senior editor Evan Saathoff, Variety is reporting that Liam Neeson has signed on to play Philip Marlowe in William Monahan's adaptation of The Black-Eyed Blonde.
What's The Black-Eyed Blonde about? I'm glad you asked. Says Variety:
Based on the book The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black, the story follows the tough as nails private detective the early 1950s where Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. That is until a beautiful blonde client comes in and asks Marlowe to find her ex-lover. He soon comes to find out that the ex-lover’s disappearance is just a part of bigger mystery and soon has Marlowe 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.
Neesons is just the latest heavyweight actor to take on the Philip Marlowe role, a part previously played by such notable badasses as Robert Mitchum, Elliott Gould, Humphrey Bogart, James Garner and James Caan (commentary from Evan: "Neeson can swing a dick, but that's still a tough room of dick swingers"). It'll be interesting to see what he does with the role.
It's exciting to learn that this particular adaptation's coming to us from Monahan, a guy who's more than proven himself capable of writing solid crime thrillers (see also: The Departed, Edge Of Darkness). No word yet on who might direct the film, but rest assured we'll keep you informed as updates roll in.
While we're waiting: any of you guys read The Black-Eyed Blonde?