Get Shorty

Get Shorty is the newest addition to the long list of films turning into television programs. Director Barry Sonnenfeld‘s excellent 1995 film is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s novel, but the show will draw from both the movie and Leonard’s original work. EPIX has teamed up with MGM for Get Shorty, which will begin shooting later this year.

Below, learn more about the Get Shorty TV series.

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Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino is kind of notorious for talking up projects that never actually get made. Kill Bill Vol. 3 might be the most famous example, but there’s also the Vega Brothers spinoff, Killer Crow, a 1930s gangster flick… the list goes on.

So you may want to take it with a grain of salt when we tell you he’s been going on again about Forty Lashes Less One, an adaptation of the novel by Elmore Leonard. The new twist, however, is that he’s not necessarily eyeing it as a movie — he thinks he might turn it into a TV series instead. Get the latest on the Quentin Tarantino Forty Lashes Less One project after the jump.  Read More »

Justified

Elmore Leonard proved to be a rich mine of material for FX’s Justified, which spun six great seasons out of his short story “Fire in the Hole.” Now Justified executive producer Chris Provenzano is looking to dip back into the Leonard oeuvre for a new project.

Provenzano is working on a new AMC series called Gunsights, based on Leonard’s Western novel set in 1893 Arizona. More details on the Gunsights TV show after the jump.  Read More »

Life of Crime trailer

It’s a classic setup: the wife of a philandering husband is kidnapped, and the lowlifes responsible ask for a million-dollar ransom. Trouble is, the husband doesn’t want the wife to be returned, as he wants to start a new life with his younger and more sexually available mistress. Life of Crime is based on Elmore Leonard‘s novel The Switch, and features Tim Robbins, Jennifer Aniston, and Isla Fisher as that crime-crossed love triangle defined by kidnapping and lust.

And while you wouldn’t know it from the trailer, John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) play younger versions of the characters played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown. Will Life of Crime stick more closely to the source novel than Tarantino did when he adapted the novel Rum Punch into Jackie Brown? Get your bearings by watching the Life of Crime trailer below. Read More »

Legendary Author Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

Elmore Leonard

We constantly bash Hollywood for their lack of originality, but one good thing they did when borrowing ideas was use the works of Elmore Leonard. Leonard wrote the original books for what would become Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, the show Justified and many others. His brand of hard-boiled, but silky smooth dialogue with unforgettable characters made him a literary legend. Unfortunately, that legend is no longer with us. Elmore Leonard passed away Tuesday at the age of 87.

A film adaptation of Leonard’s novel The Switch, retitled Life of Crime, will premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Hopefully, that won’t be the last of Leonard’s forty plus novels to make their way to the big screen.

We’ve been calling Switch a prequel to Jackie Brown, because both films are based on novels by Elmore Leonard, and Switch will feature the characters Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, originally played by Robert De Niro and Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.

John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) play the two guys in this film, and they were recently joined by Ty Burrell. Now the cast has also added Dennis Quaid and Jennifer Aniston as two of the story’s most important characters. Read More »

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Ty Burrell has had a pretty great career trajectory: he went from being a bit player in Black Hawk Down to (very effectively) acting like a total dickhead in Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake to being a core part of one of the most praised shows on TV, Modern Family.

Now the recent Emmy winner will be in Dan Schechter‘s Switch, which is effectively a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Read More »

John Hawkes as a young Robert De Niro and Mos Def as a young Samuel L. Jackson? Sounds fantastic and it’s actually happening. Hawkes and yasiin bey (Mos Def’s new name) will star in Switch, based on an Elmore Leonard novel, written and directed by Dan Schechter. They’ll play Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie respectively, characters made famous by De Niro and Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie BrownSwitch takes places 15 years before Tarantino’s film (itself an adaptation of Leonard’s novel Rum Punch) and features Louis and Ordell as they attempt to kidnap a corrupt real estate broker. There’s much more after the break. Read More »

We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:

  • Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
  • Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
  • and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »