Elmore Leonard, author of some 45 novels (and reportedly at work on his 46th) died on Tuesday following complications from a stroke. The supremely gifted crime/ Western novelist was 87 years old.
While we here at ScreenCrave typically deal with matters related to cinema and television, Leonard’s passing bears notice here, as he penned a number of original screenplays (such as the solid ‘70s Clint Eastwood vehicle, Joe Kidd), and at least one of your very favorite crime films was more than likely based on a novel he wrote: Jackie Brown, Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, 52 Pick-Up, Mr. Majestyk, Hombre, and The Ambassador, to name a few. Further, television has also adapted Leonard’s work—see Justified, Karen Sisco, and the ‘80s cult series Maximum Bob.
Known as “the Dickens of Detroit,” Leonard frequently included the Motor City in his novels, which were often noted for the realism, grit, humor and hypnotic ear for dialogue.
As of this writing, at least one more adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s work is set to hit the big screen—The Switch (a novel featuring characters from Rum Punch, which was adapted by Quentin Tarantino as Jackie Brown) has been adapted into a film called Life of Crime, which is set to premiere this year at the Toronto Film Festival.
What is you favorite Elmore Leonard film or book?