Warner Bros. has plans to return to the literary works of Ross Macdonald, bringing his private detective, Lew Harper, back to the big screen for the first time in more than 30 years. Deadline reports that Joel Silver is set to launch a franchise with the eighth book in the series, The Galton Case. The 1959 novel is officially described as follows:
Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously streetwise bride and several thousand dollars of his family’s fortune. Now Anthony’s mother wants him back and has hired Lew Archer to find him. What turns up is a headless skeleton, a boy who claims to be Galton’s son, and a con game whose stakes are so high that someone is still willing to kill for them.
Macdonald’s original 18 novels began in 1949 with “The Moving Target”. That was adapted into a film version with 1966’s Harper. The 1950 followup, “The Drowning Pool” also received a film version in 1975. In both big screen iterations, Paul Newman played Harper.