Jackie Brown Prequel in the Works
02.02.12 by Ryan
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown was released back in 1997, but that doesn't mean the movie can't get a sequel or, in this case, a prequel.
The idea behind the prequel isn't the cash-in on a popular movie that it might seem. Author Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch served as the source material for Tarantino's Jackie Brown adaptation, but the book was in fact a sequel to his 1978 novel The Switch, which focused on criminals Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, respectively played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in Jackie Brown. Now, an adaptation of The Switch will bring those characters back in earlier incarnations, with different actors playing the roles.
Variety reports that writer-director Daniel Schechter (Goodbye Baby) has cast John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) in De Niro's role and Yasiin Bey (Be Kind Rewind), formerly known as Mos Def, in Jackson's role for his adaptation of The Switch. Schecter adapted the novel on spec and sent the script to Leonard's rep, producer Michael Siegel (Be Cool, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), who, along with Leonard, granted Schecter the rights to the book on the strength of the script. Both Siegel and Leonard will produce the movie.
The Switch will follow the characters of Ordell and Louis 15 years before the events of Jackie Brown as they team up to kidnap the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer, who in turn refuses to pay the ransom. Forced to change their plans, the wife decides to use the two criminals to get revenge on her husband. Production is scheduled to start in May.
The Switch won't be the first time one of Jackie Brown's characters resurfaced in another Elmore movie. Michael Keaton's FBI agent Ray Nicolette also appeared in 1998's Out of Sight.