When You Have To Adapt Every Single Mother Reader In A Bibliography, Accept No Substitutes

Until recently, Elmore Leonard was my favourite living author. His writing, or rather his approach to writing, as had more of an influence on my own than probably any other writer, living or dead. But the films based on his works are generally shit. The shit is in the majority. The exceptions are rare, and can be mostly counted on one hand: Mangold's 3:10 To Yuma, Soderbergh's Out of Sight, Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty, the former TV series Karen Sisco, the current TV series Justified, and Tarentino's Jackie Brown.

That last one was an adaptation of Leonard's novel Rum Punch, which brought back the characters of Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson in the film) and Louis Gara (Robert DeNiro) that Elmore had introduced nearly fifteen years earlier in The Switch. The Switch is now a film called Life of Crime, which sees Ordell played by Yasiin "Mos Def" Bey, and Louis by John Hawkes. The film (which was originally announced with almost an entirely different cast) also stars Tim Robbins as desperate husband, Isla Fisher as his conniving mistress, and Jennifer Aniston as the kidnapped wife that Robbins would really rather not get back. It remains to be seen if Life of Crime, due out this August, joins it's literary successor into the upper echelon of Elmore's adaptations, or if it is quietly forgotten like so many that have come before. 
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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