Jackie Brown prequel gains cast
Well it's definitely happening, and amazingly so considering the writer/director began adapting the script without any permission to do so, he just wrote it and then sent the script to Elmore Leonard's representative. Amazingly the two read it and gave him the clearance to make the film, joining it as producers. Now if that's not an amazing Hollywood story how about this.
Dan Schechter's adaptation of the Leonard novel Switch now has John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) playing the characters that Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson played in Jackie Brown, just fifteen years earlier.
Switch tells the story of how the two characters, Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, team up to kidnap the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer, however when the husband refuses to pay they team up with the wife and turn the tables on the man.
It sounds a good plan especially since the prequel is from the author of the original story himself, but what's interesting about that is the fact that no one is complaining about a prequel from the author being made into a film, but if a writer/director were making a prequel to Jackie Brown there would be a lot of comments about lazy Hollywood.
I know I would be one of them, and it's hard to justify the difference until you look at the output. With prequels and sequels in outside of Hollywood there's usually some drive behind the story, whereas with Hollywood it's just a viewing of the profits from the first one and realising that they could get more profits with another one so then someone's hired to come up with some ideas.
For me that's the difference, and I know it's a huge generalisation, but for the most part it works, it fits, sadly.
The good news though is that Switch is not a profit grabbing inspired prequel, it's inspired from the original novel from the original author, and the adaptation was written without even the rights of the author to begin with, so it feels much more as though it was created for the desire of the story.
Then there's the rather inspired casting of John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey who not only resemble younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson, but they are damn good actors in their own right too.