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 Brown. Switch 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 »
If writer/director Charles Matthau was looking to get everyone’s attention for his upcoming adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky, mission accomplished. A few months back, he got a good start by casting William H. Macy in a major role and today he upped the ante by getting Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson to join the film about a couple of former hippies who use bomb making skills to extort millions of dollars. Dillon plays an LAPD office who becomes wise to the scam, Fraser is one of the hippies, Macy is the millionaire mark and Robinson is his former Black Panther assistant. Read More »
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The books of Elmore Leonard have been source material for a wide variety of films good and bad, from Out of Sight, Rum Punch (aka Jackie Brown) and Get Shorty, to losers like Be Cool, Killshot and The Big Bounce.
Now one more is being added to the pile, as Walter Matthau’s son Charles Matthau is preparing to direct an adaptation of Freaky Deaky, with William H. Macy starring. Read More »
Is there something in the air this week? Out of nowhere come a series of three odd Tarantino-related news bites and rumors. First up, there is the new production of The Switch, based on Elmore Leonard‘s novel of the same name. The other way to talk about The Switch is that it is a prequel to Jackie Brown, as it features the first chapter in the association of the Sam Jackson and Robert De Niro characters from Tarantino’s film. (Still my favorite of his, I think, and still divisive amongst many other fans.) The Switch leads into Leonard’s novel Rum Punch, which Tarantino very loosely adapted into Jackie Brown.
But the film is scripted by Dan Schechter, and there isn’t yet any attached director or cast. Tarantino won’t be involved, though the report is that he has given his blessing to the film, whatever that means.[JoBlo]
After the break, a roast and a rumor. Read More »