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In the Works: 'Philip Marlowe' Series by 'Castle' Creators and Michael De Luca, Inspired by Raymond Chandler's Famed Private Eye

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 18, 2013 at 4:00PM

Raymond Chandler fans, take note. Michael De Luca, Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller have sold a one-hour drama inspired by Chandler's famed detective Philip Marlowe to ABC.
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Bogey and Bacall in 'The Big Sleep'
Bogey and Bacall in 'The Big Sleep'

Raymond Chandler fans, take note. Michael De Luca, Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller have sold a one-hour drama inspired by Chandler's famed detective Philip Marlowe to ABC.

The casting director will have a tall order in finding the right actor to play Marlowe, a witty, no-bullshit tough guy who still has compassion for the failings of his fellow men. Previous big-screen Marlowes have been played by the likes of -- most famously -- Humphrey Bogart (Howard Hawks' "The Big Sleep"), Elliott Gould (Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye") and Robert Mitchum (Dick Richards' "Farewell, My Lovely," and Michael Winner's 1978 version of "The Big Sleep"). Dick Powell and Robert Montgomery were Marlowes, too.

Here's more info:

This smart, sexy and stylish update of Raymond Chandler’s timeless character 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 (Andrew, that is, not Philip) is the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of "Castle," and  Miller is a writer and consulting producer on the show. De Luca is a two-time Oscar nominated film producer ("Moneyball," "The Social Network").  

This article is related to: Television, TV, TV News, Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.