For the time being, though, Owen is probably the best person to take on the part of Philip Marlowe (maybe Billy Bob Thornton would be good, too), a character that most of us associate with Bogart, despite the fact that so many others have played the role, some more than once. Producer Marc Abraham told Louisville, Kentucky's Courier-Journal that he will be following up Children of Men with another collaboration with Owen that will be based on one of Raymond Chandler's detective stories. He didn't specify which story would be adapted, but he did say that Owen would be playing Marlowe.
As perfect as this casting is, it isn't completely easy for me to imagine what it will be like. Will it be neo-noir, or will it simply interpret the story as a separate kind of crime thriller? And if it does attempt the noir genre elements, will it feature voice-over? Although Owen's voice is perfect for narration, the noir-style voice-over may not work as well today. As we saw with the original cut of Blade Runner, noirration (yes, I'm making up the word) can sometimes sound a bit silly. It isn't necessary, of course. Bogie's Marlowe in The Big Sleep had no voice-over.
Anyway, who is the best person to direct a Chandler story these days?