Sunday, July 19, 2009

Elmore Leonard's Freaky Deaky to be Filmed

Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that writer-director Charlie Matthau is adapting Elmore Leonard's 1988 novel Freaky Deaky. Matthau, son of the late Walter Matthau, will also direct. Production is scheduled to begin in January.

From the jacket cover of the book: Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best. Leonard starts and ends his latest page turner with a bang, and between explosions we meet a vivid group of characters who are mainly veterans of the youth rebellion of the 1960s. Chief among them are Chris Mankowski, 38-year-old Detroit police sergeant, newly transferred from the bomb squad to sex crimes; Woody Ricks, alcoholic auto scion; Donnell Lewis, ex-Black Panther who is acting as Woody’s driver, nursemaid and would-be swindler; Robin Abbott, ex-con, exfugitive (she bombed a federal office building) who has plans for a million dollar movie based on Woody’s life, with help from her old boyfriend and erstwhile bombing partner Skip Gibbs, now a movie dynamite expert. The only character who does not have ties to the ‘60s is Greta (“Who’s Huey Newton?”) Wyatt, stagenamed Ginger Jones, who meets Chris when she reports that Woody has assaulted her. When Chris pursues the investigation, he is suspended from the force, ostensibly for nonresidence in Detroit but really because of Woody’s clout. Now determined to get to the bottom of things, Chris is caught up in a web of scams plotted by Robin, Skip and Donnell.

Elmore Leonard is no stranger to the big screen. Several of his novels have been adapted and filmed, including Be Cool and Get Shorty (with John Travolta as Chili Palmer), The Big Bounce (with Owen Wilson as Jack Ryan), Cat Chaser, Rum Punch (released as Jackie Brown with Pam Grier), and Out of Sight (with George Clooney).

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