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Elmore Leonard on screen: 'Justified,' 'Out of Sight' and more great adaptations

20 August 2013 1:44 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Elmore Leonard's novels were filled with sharp dialogue, vivid characters and intricate plotting -- not for nothing have lots and lots of people described his writing as cinematic.

Yet for as prolific and as great a writer as he was, Leonard -- who died Tuesday (Aug. 20) at age 87 -- didn't have a lot of good luck when his work was translated to the screen. A lot of the adaptations of his novels and short stories turned out to be duds, and he said he grew tired of writing screenplays as well.

"I haven't written a screenplay since '93, that's when I said, 'I'm not writing any more of these, it's just work," Leonard said in a 2012 interview. "Because you're working with a studio executive who really doesn't know much, if anything, about writing what works and what doesn't. So, why put yourself in that position when you have to do that? »


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