Sunday, February 10, 2013

Cinemystery: Production Update on Film Adaptation of Elmore Leonard's The Switch

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

Way back in 2010 we first learned about the film adaptation of Elmore Leonard's crime novel The Switch. Production is finally underway in Connecticut with a possible release date later this year.

The Switch is a prequel to Rum Punch, which was adapted into the 1997 film Jackie Brown. The two main characters in that film were played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert de Niro; in this new film, they will be played by Yaslin Bey and John Hawkes.

Here's the studio's official synopsis for the as yet untitled film:

Jennifer Aniston plays Margaret "Mickey" Dawson, a loving, if-not naive housewife whose husband, Frank Dawson, has been embezzling millions for years and keeping the cash in off-shore accounts without her knowledge. Two career criminals, Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie (played by John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey, respectively), catch wind of his scam and figure if they hold Mickey for ransom, Frank would have no choice but to pay up a million dollars. Except, what they don't plan on is that Frank's head over heels for his sex-kitten mistress, Melanie, and doesn't want his wife back. What follows is an unbelievable sequence of double crosses, plot twists and violence that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.

Daniel Schechter is directing his own adapted screenplay.

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The Switch by Elmore Leonard

The Switch
Elmore Leonard

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.

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