Marlowe: Liam Neeson to Play Iconic Private Eye in William (The Departed) Monahan New Version

Liam Neeson will appear in Marlowe, about the iconic Raymond Chandler character Philip Marlowe.

The Departed scribe William Monahan penned the script with Nickel City Pictures and Gary Levinson producing.

Based on the book “The Black-Eyed Blonde” by Benjamin Black, the story follows the tough as nails private detective the early 1950s where Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. That is until a beautiful blonde client comes in and asks Marlowe to find her ex-lover. He soon comes to find out that the ex-lover’s disappearance is just a part of bigger mystery and soon has Marlowe wrapped up with one of the more powerful families in Bay Cities who are willing to go to any length’s to protect their fortune.

“The book by Benjamin Black was a pleasure to adapt, and with Marlowe there’s no chance of even being asked to do it left-handed,” Monahan said. “You have to do Chandler justice, carry a very particular flame, or stay home.”

Marlowe has been one of Hollywood’s favorite tough guys, portrayed most famously by Humphrey Bogart in the Howard Hawks thriller L.
Other actors to tackle the role included Eliot Gould in Robert Altman’s The Long Good-Bye, and by Robert Mitchum in a remake of The Big Sleep in 1978.

“It’s hard to tell who has the more of a lion’s heart and soul, Philip Marlowe or Liam Neeson. I hope I’ve done both of them and a picture I could not anticipate more some service,” Monahan said.

Monahan won an Oscar for The Departed and has since worked on films with similar tones, including The Gambler and Edge of Darkness.

Monahan’s production company 63Ltd is under a first-look deal with Paramount; he is writing Evel Knievel.

Neeson will be next seen in the spy thriller Felt as well as The Commuter.

He also recently joined Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s heist pic Widows.