Jackie Brown prequel without Tarantino
Of all the Quentin Tarantino films and all the sequels and prequels he talks about, I thought Jackie Brown was the least likely of his films to make it to a something-quel, but it looks like it could be.
However we should remember that this is the only film where he's adapted someone else's novel, and also that Tarantino won't be involved in the film.
The novel that the film is based upon is called The Switch (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and is where Elmore Leonard explore the relationship between two characters in the original story, Ordell Robbie, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Louis Gara, played by Robert De Niro.
Amazon tell us all about the story:
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.
I saw this news a little while ago but I misplaced the link, and so when Screen Junkies through The Playlist I thought it worthwhile to visit it, especially as I feel slightly differently to it than everyone else.
Perhaps closest to the Playlist's thoughts, I'm actually rather happy that Quentin Tarantino is not going to be involved in the prequel, even if he is apparently lording over the work and giving his blessing to the prequel, something I find rather embarrassing for him since the prequel is an adaptation of the prequel novel written by Leonard, not his film. In fact it really has nothing to do with his film and he adapted the original work.
I do think that Jackie Brown is a good film and stands out in my mind as the last time I saw the gorgeous Bridget Fonda on screen, but I also think that his working on a prequel and adaptation of the novel would not turn out well for the story, and it would end up quite the caricature of itself, trying to be Jackie Brown when it wasn't.
The other thing is that Brown doesn't feel like a Leonard adaptation, and I would like to see his work given a different treatment.
I do have to say that Playlist capture the essence of what's awkward about a cinematic prequel to the original film, note I don't mean a prequel to the novel, and that's the fact that the film Jackie Brown was more about Jackie and Max than any other characters and so a prequel that's not about them feels a little disconnected.
Yet the prequel is an adaptation of the novel which was a prequel of the original novel - following me so far? - and that is a rather different situation. I haven't read the original novel and it might have played the relationships rather differently. We know the film will now.