JACKIE BROWN prequel (sans Tarantino) on the way

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 24th, 2010

To me, no bigger name has a more underrated masterpiece in his or her filmography than Quentin Tarantino and his underappreciated gem of a film, JACKIE BROWN.

However unappreciated the film really is, it seemed truly inevitable that one day we would see some sort of sequel or prequel.  Well, according to Screen Junkies (via The Playlist) it appears as though those thoughts were right on the money.

The outlet is reporting that a new film, based off of Elmore Leonard’s novel, The Switch, is currently in the works, but without the guiding light of one Quentin Tarantino.  The novel follows the start of the relationship between Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, who were played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro respectively.  It looks at their first job together.

While Tarantino is not directly involved with the film, he has reportedly given his “blessing” to the project, which may sound like a good thing, but honestly, I would be shocked if it was anything more than a “whatever” kind of deal.  He’s got bigger fish to fry, and this one definitely isn’t big enough.

I doubt that either Jackson or De Niro will return, and while I love JACKIE BROWN, the film is being penned by a new writer by the name of Dan Schechter, who previously has only edited a short film, so there definitely is a drop off of talent from Tarantino’s take.  The film was going to be made, I just wish that it would be by some bigger and brighter names.  Fingers crossed that the cast that’s collected here makes up for it.

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