Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 Elmore Leonard adaptation Jackie Brown is receiving the prequel treatment, although not by the spaztastic director himself. Instead, Tarantino has given his blessing to writer Dan Schechter and producer Michael Siegel for The Switch, which shares the name of Leonard’s original novel. Schechter previously wrote and directed Goodbye Baby (beats me), while Siegel already has experience with Leonard’s work. He produced Be Cool, so this should be a peach.
Tarantino was initially approached to pen The Switch, as to keep consistency with “Rum Punch,” the novel that Jackie Brown was based on. Q-Daddy turned down the opportunity, possibly because of a recent announcement that he is working on a third installment of the Kill Bill franchise. But he wishes the new crew the best on the difficult undertaking of translating a Leonard novel to film. After all, Siegel’s already shown that it’s terribly difficult.
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“The Switch” originated the characters Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) and Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), who were friends and partners in crime in “Jackie Brown.”
Although Tarantino will not be involved with the project, the legendary director hasn’t hesitated to share his adoration for Leonard’s work.
“He was probably the biggest influence on my life: I have been reading Leonard since I was 14 and got caught stealing his novel ‘The Switch’ from K-Mart,” he told The Telegraph in February.
Tarantino will also be taking the stage in October as the next subject of the Friars’ Club’s legendary roasts. On October 1, he will take the spotlight with comedy stars such as Jeffrey Ross, Lisa Lampanelli, Nick DiPaolo, and Greg Giraldo. Last year’s roastee was Matt Lauer and the Roastmaster was Al Roker. It is an absolute wonder why Comedy Central didn’t show that one.
Despite the quality target, Comedy Central may not air Tarantino’s roast either. It’s a shame if that’s the case, because then they could have Michael Madsen as the Roastmaster and he’ll ramble on for 30 minutes about how he and Quentin are working on a screenplay for a sequel to the second prequel of True Romance, and how the characters will all be cousins of the cast of 24, at which point Jeff Dunham will remind him they only have two hours. Then Danny Trejo will yell, “Chu watch your mouth, puto carbon” while holding a cleaver to Achmed the Dead Terrorist’s neck.