Writer Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

August 20, 2013


Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose genre-redefining thrillers frequently found their way to screen and Michael Keaton's acting reel, reportedly died today in his Bloomfield Village, Michigan home. He was 87.

Among Leonard's most famous film adaptations are Tarantino's Jackie Brown, Soderbergh's Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Be Cool, and 3:10 to Yuma, and there are more than a dozen more beyond that. Most recently, Leonard's The Switch has been adapted into a Jennifer Aniston movie that is, confusingly, NOT The Switch, where Jennifer Aniston gets Jason Bateman's switched sperm. This upcoming film is called Life of Crime, and features John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey in the roles previously inhabited by De Niro and Sam Jackson in Jackie Brown.

On the television side of things, Leonard has been serving as an executive produce for Justified, yet another supremely entertaining thing to have been birthed from the author's texts. With Get Shorty director Barry Sonnenfeld, he also created the pilot for Maximum Bob, ABC's short-lived series about a right-wing judge played by Beau Bridges. A friend has thankfully digitized his tapes of that, so in Leonard's memory, maybe I'll finally see what that was like tonight. How about you?

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