Irish Eye on Hollywood: Liam Neeson Tackles a Revamped Philip Marlowe
By Tom Deignan, Contributor
June / July 2017
Lots of Irish talent looks to be coming together for an upcoming movie about an iconic American detective.
Liam Neeson (right) will reportedly portray novelist Raymond Chandler’s famous private investigator Philip Marlowe, in a film based on a script by Irish American William Monahan. Monahan wrote the Martin Scorsese Boston Irish mob flick The Departed, and worked with Neeson on the 2005’s Kingdom of Heaven. This latest Marlowe flick is actually based on Irish writer John Banville’s reinterpretation of Chandler’s work (written as Benjamin Black) The Black-Eyed Blonde.
“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 recently told Variety. “You have to do Chandler justice, carry a very particular flame, or stay home.” ♦