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Charles Matthau will direct an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s crime novel “Freaky Deaky”. Matthau, son of Walter Matthau, also wrote the screenplay, which he will produce with Judd Rubin and Michael Meltzer for Myriad Pictures.
“Freaky Deaky” tells the tale of two former lovers and extreme radicals with a penchant for bomb making who reunite to steal millions from a wealthy accomplice they believe framed them. Leonard has often cited the book as his favorite.
I read a handful of Leonard’s novels years ago, and I never thought much of them in that regard. But while I was reading them I remember thinking that they would make good movies, which they do. “Get Shorty”, “Jackie Brown”, and “Out of Sight” were all good, and don’t get me started on his screenwriting like “Mr. Majestyk” (only Charles Bronson could make a watermelon farmer badass) and “3:10 to Yuma”. And “Justified”, based on a character that appears in a number of Leonard’s short stories as well as novels, was the best new television show of last year. So I welcome another Leonard adaptation. His characters are hard-boiled, but well defined, and his plots are intricate and entertaining.
Production is slated for the first quarter of 2011, after Mattau finishes filming the jazz musical “Baby O”.