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Exclusive: Director Dan Schechter talks the Jackie Brown prequel!

Feb. 1, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Last year, I brought some news from a very kind source that a JACKIE BROWN prequel was in the works. Now it looks like the ball has finally started rolling.

John Hawkes has signed on for writer/director Dan Schechter's (SUPPORTING CHARACTERS) adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel. Hawkes will take on the role of Louis Gara originally played by Robert De Niro in Tarantino's film. When I made the comment that Hawkes was a great land, we spoke to Schechter who said this in response, "Huge for me. Amazing when you can get an actor that's hot, respected and perfect for the role, if not better than what you'd hoped because he adds to it." Hawkes had not seen JACKIE BROWN nor read any of Leonard's novels previous to being cast, but immediately responded to the role, which was "great" according to Schechter.

Mos Def was already attached to play Ordell Robbie, originally played by Samuel L. Jackson. Double win.

The prequel, which is titled THE SWITCH for right now, is set 15-years before the events of JACKIE BROWN and centers on, "Ordell and Louis as they team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer. When the husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife's return, the ex-cons are forced to reconceive their plan, and the angry housewife uses the duo to get her revenge."

Schechter, who is a huge fan of Leonard, wrote up an adaptation without any permission beforehand and took a chance sending it to producer Michael Siegel (BE COOL). Siegel, who also happens to be the long time rep for Leonard, then shared it with the author and the two gave the up and comer the rights to make the film. Schechter is excited to take on the task, "Elmore Leonard is my favorite writer and 'Jackie Brown' is one of my all-time favorite films. It's a dream project, but I take that responsibility seriously."

Extra Tidbit: Tarantino is not involved at this point, but did give his blessing.
Source: Variety

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5:13AM on 02/03/2012
At last we get to witness if Louis's ass was indeed beautiful.
At last we get to witness if Louis's ass was indeed beautiful.
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5:45PM on 02/02/2012
Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Be Cool, Jackie Brown and now The Switch. That shared universe is awesome. We need more Michael Keaton as Ray Nicholette though!
Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Be Cool, Jackie Brown and now The Switch. That shared universe is awesome. We need more Michael Keaton as Ray Nicholette though!
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6:39AM on 02/02/2012

Fuck, I HATED that stupid movie!

I can't imagine a more boring choice than Jackie Brown.

Now hit that red thumbs down button guys.
I can't imagine a more boring choice than Jackie Brown.

Now hit that red thumbs down button guys.
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10:29PM on 02/01/2012
I'm kinda shocked John Hawkes doesn't read any Elmore Leonard. Maybe it's just cuz he reminds me a little of Harry Dean Stanton, who Leonard used as the basis of a few characters. That's it. Never mind. Still, quite a catch!
I'm kinda shocked John Hawkes doesn't read any Elmore Leonard. Maybe it's just cuz he reminds me a little of Harry Dean Stanton, who Leonard used as the basis of a few characters. That's it. Never mind. Still, quite a catch!
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9:38PM on 02/01/2012
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9:31PM on 02/01/2012
I'm not saying you need to have seen certain films to be a good director, but damn he never saw Jackie Brown?
I'm not saying you need to have seen certain films to be a good director, but damn he never saw Jackie Brown?
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9:39PM on 02/01/2012
Hawkes (the actor) is the one that had never seen Jackie Brown. Schechter is excited to take on the task, "Elmore Leonard is my favorite writer and 'Jackie Brown' is one of my all-time favorite films. It's a dream project, but I take that responsibility seriously."
Hawkes (the actor) is the one that had never seen Jackie Brown. Schechter is excited to take on the task, "Elmore Leonard is my favorite writer and 'Jackie Brown' is one of my all-time favorite films. It's a dream project, but I take that responsibility seriously."
9:50PM on 02/01/2012
ah shit yea, sorry poor reading on my part, actually gunna negative my own comment now.
ah shit yea, sorry poor reading on my part, actually gunna negative my own comment now.
8:52PM on 02/01/2012
Sounds good and as great of a job as Tarantino did, I doubt this story "needs" his guidance the way other QT film sequels might.
Sounds good and as great of a job as Tarantino did, I doubt this story "needs" his guidance the way other QT film sequels might.
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