Fox scraps filming The Deep Blue Good-By after Christian Bale suffers serious knee injury
20th Century Fox has put plans to shoot an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's much-loved novel The Deep Blue Good-By on hold after Christian Bale suffered a serious knee injury just weeks before filming was due to begin.
Bale was due to team up with The Wolverine director James Mangold to star as Travis McGee, an ex-soldier who lives on a house boat and acts as a "salvage consultant", helping people get their property back for a fee. In the case of The Deep Blue Good-By, that was due to be some very expensive stolen sapphires.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bale tore his anterior cruciate ligament while at home in Los Angeles. He has still been able to film financial drama The Big Short, but The Deep Blue Good-By, which was due to be shot in May, has been ruled as too physically demanding for Bale to cope with at this time.
Bale was due to star alongside Peter Dinklage and Rosamund Pike in the new adaptation. It's now unknown when work will begin on The Deep Good-By, with Mangold already booked to direct Wolverine 3 and Bale busy with a series of other projects.