ABC is taking another crack at bringing one of the most famous detective literary characters to primetime, this time teaming with the creator of its most successful crime-solving drama of the past decade. The network has put in development a Philip Marlowe drama project, inspired by Raymond Chandler’s famous hard-boiled detective, from Castle creator/executive producer/showrunner Andrew Marlowe (put your Marlowe pun in here) and feature producer Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips, Fifty Shades Of Grey). The project, from ABC Studios, where Marlowe is under an overall deal, is described as a smart, sexy and stylish update of Chandler’s character which follows the investigations of wisecracking, edgy and rugged private detective Philip Marlowe as he navigates the morally complicated world of today’s Los Angeles — where the bright California sun casts long and dangerous shadows…and where true love can be more difficult to find than justice. Marlowe is writing the script with his wife, Castle writer/consulting producer Terri Edda Miller, through their MilMar Pictures. The two are executive producing with De Luca through Michael De Luca Prods.
ABC previously tried launching a Philip Marlowe drama series during the 2006-2007 season when the project, shepherded by current Disney feature bigwig Sean Bailey, went to pilot with Jason O’Mara playing the famous detective. The Marlowe character is no stranger to television. Powers Boothe played the gumshoe in the early 1980s HBO period drama Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, which ran for several years. On the big screen, Marlowe has been played by Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Elliot Gould and James Garner among others.
On the TV side, De Luca, repped by CAA and Tara Kole, also is executive producing the new Frank Darabont TNT series Mob City, which will debut December 4; and is developing a Shogun remake as a limited series for Fox as well as Sutton, based on the J.R. Moehringer novel, at FX, with Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne also producing; Childhood’s End at Syfy; and Columbine at Lifetime. Marlowe is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Jonathan Shikora & Linda Lichter; Miller is repped by CAA, Jeff Field, and Linda Lichter. The Estate of Raymond Chandler was repped by CAA, the Ed Victor Agency in London and Alan Schwartz.