If you're a fan of hardboiled crime fiction, you already know who Philip Marlowe is. The private detective created by legendary crime writer Raymond Chandler has been played by such notable actors as James Caan, Powers Boothe, Elliot Gould and Humphrey Bogart, pictured above.
Now, Andrew Marlowe, the creator of the hit series 'Castle,' is planning on breathing new life into Chandler's 1939 creation. Andrew Marlowe along with his wife and partner Terri Edda Miller (who is a writer and consulting producer on 'Castle,' herself), is developing an hour-long drama starring Philip Marlowe for ABC.
There is one little detail that is sure to upset Chandler-fans, however: this new project will feature a modern-day Philip Marlowe in contemporary Los Angeles, in what is described as a "smart" and "sexy" thriller. Marlowe, the wise-cracking detective, will explore L.A. of 2014, a city "where true love can be more difficult to find than justice."
Philip Marlowe first appeared in Chandler's 1939 novel 'The Big Sleep,' followed by several other novels and stories. This isn't the first time that the character has appeared on the small screen, either: in 1959 ABC ran a half-hour series simply titled 'Philip Marlowe' where the titular character was played by Philip Carey. No matter what happens with this project, the Marlowe role is going to be incredibly sought-after. Would you cast a well-known performer, or give the chance to a fresh-face?
More on this exciting project as it develops.