Jackie Brown Prequel 'The Switch' Taking Off Sans Tarantino
There's a good chance that if you're a Quentin Tarantino fan that you already know his 1997 film Jackie Brown was based on Elmore Leonard's crime novel Rum Punch. But did you know that characters Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) and Louis Gara (Robert De Niro) originated from Lenoard's novel The Switch, published 14 years before Rum Punch? I sure as hell didn't. But now, thanks to an update from JoBlo, we can all be aware and privy to the news that The Switch will become a prequel adaptation to Jackie Brown, and although Tarantino has apparently given his blessing to the film, he won't be involved with the project.
Tarantino has said that The Switch was a huge inspiration to him though it wasn't the novel he eventually adapted, so it's disappointing to hear that he won't be involved in this. Likely, since the story focuses on younger versions of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, I doubt Jackson and De Niro will reprise their roles either (especially since Jackie Brown was made 13 years ago, too), but here's a synopsis of what we can expect from The Switch:
Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing -- with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.
And so with new writer Dan Schechter's screenplay (which is already finished) along with producer Michael Siegel (who also produced Be Cool, an adaptation of another of Leonard's novels and the sequel to the film / Leonard-novel Get Shorty) and the imminent search for a director along with whoever comes on to play these characters, it sounds like there will be some fresh talent on this project and it should be interesting to see how it matches up with Tarantino's interpretation and presentation of the characters. So it's not really a direct sequel, but it will be another film from the Jackie Brown world. Anyone like the sound of this?