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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

by Beth Hanna
October 18, 2013 4:00 PM
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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").  


  • rgm | October 19, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    Sounds as if a Poll could be taken????

  • Juliet | October 18, 2013 10:14 PMReply

    Also James Garner in "Marlowe", 1969.
    My choice for a new version would be Paul Blackthorne, so great as detective Harry Dresden in "The Dresden Files".

  • Anne Thompson | October 18, 2013 5:22 PMReply

    Switched it out just in case.

  • No | October 18, 2013 5:09 PMReply

    I don't think that's Bogart as Phillip Marlowe; it's Bogart as Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon."

  • Joseph Marshall Parnell | October 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    That picture is from The Big Sleep. Lauren Bacall is the woman in the scene, and she wasn't in the Maltese Falcon. Mary Astor played the female lead in that classic film.

  • DavidC | October 18, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    Also Powers Boothe, not half bad, in an HBO series in the early 1980s.

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