– Indie favorite John Hawkes (of the recent Sundance favorite “The Surrogate,” as well as “Winter’s Bone” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) is set to star in writer-director Dan Schechter’s “Switch,” an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 2002 crime novel, set to shoot this Spring. This is a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” which was based on Leonard’s “Rum Punch.” Hawkes will be joined by Yasiin Bey to play younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson’s “Jackie Brown” characters, Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie (pictured). Schechter didn’t get permission to adapt the novel until after his script was written and sent to Leonard and subsequent producer Michael Siegel (Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are also producing). We trust the script was to their liking.
The plot, set fifteen years prior to the “Jackie Brown,” goes like this:
The story follows career criminals 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.
– The stellar trio of Samantha Morton, Amy Adams and Carey Mulligan are said to be circling Spike Jonze’s untitled project with Joaquin Phoenix. Writer-director Jonze’s story follows a man who falls in love with a computer voice, a la iPhone’s Siri, which Apple promotes with the “Your wish is its command.” Annapurna Pictures is financing, but – like Jonze – is keeping mum on further details.