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What do the films Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, Be Cool, The Big Bounce and Killshot all have in common? Well I'll tell you - they have all been adapted from books written by Elmore Leonard... and now there's another to add to the list, as Walter Matthau's son Charles Matthau (Her Minor Thing) is writing and directing an adaptation of Freaky Deaky, and William H. Macy (Fargo) is attached to star.
It's not clear yet which role in the crime thriller Macy will take on, but a synopsis of the book goes as follows: Leonard starts and ends his latest page turner with a bang, and between explosions we meet a vivid group of characters who are mainly veterans of the youth rebellion of the 1960s. Chief among them are Chris Mankowski, 38-year-old Detroit police sergeant, newly transferred from the bomb squad to sex crimes; Woody Ricks, »
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. Variety broke the initial project news, and Deadline told of Macy's casting. I can't even begin to call how this one might land. I haven't seen Charles Matthau's other directorial effort Her Minor Thing, so I've got no basis to even guess here. (He's also writing the script.) And with the Leonard adaptation track record, which is pretty much as 50/50 as the mentions above would indicate, I'm not going to hazard a guess. Freaky Deaky is one of the »
- Russ Fischer
Elmore Leonard’s work can be a tough cookie to crack on screen. For every great example (Out of Sight), there’s a failure (The Big Bounce), and the field in between is littered with the good to the dodgy. Now Walter Matthau’s son Charlie will be hoping to score a winner, wrangling William H Macy to star in Freaky Deaky.Written by Leonard in 1988, Deaky follows a pair of former radical types who specialised in bomb making reuniting for a big payday job. And then there’s the close-to-retirement bomb squad officer who has to tack them down.Matthau, who also penned the script, isn’t exactly known for his crime drama work: so far his output has been limited to virginity-centric rom-com Her Minor Thing starring Estrella Warren (which, weirdly, this writer caught two minutes of on cable just a few days ago) and upcoming jazz musical Baby-o, »
3 items from 2010
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