Writer Elmore Leonard has been out promoting “Mr. Paradise,” his new crime novel, and gave the San Francisco Chronicle an update on what various books of his have been optioned and by whom.
John Travolta begins filming next month on “Be Cool,” reprising his role as Chili Palmer in this sequel to “Get Shorty.” Written in 1999 by Leonard at MGM’s request, the novel shifts the action from movies to music.
Quentin Tarantino and Miramax have the rights to adapt “Killshot,” a 1989 Leonard book about a half-Indian, half-French Canadian hit man plying his trade in the Midwest.
John Malkovich’s production company Mr. Mudd plans to adapt "Freaky Deaky, " Leonard’s 1988 novel about former '60s activists in Detroit caught up in an extortion caper.
Kathy Bates is putting together a deal that would have her adapting and directing the 2000 novel “Pagan Babies,” set in Rwanda during the 1990s.
Catherine Zeta Jones plans to star in “Cuba Libre,” Leonard’s 1998 novel set in Cuba during the Spanish-American war in 1898.
Producer Tony Bill (“The Sting”) wants to direct “Swag,” Leonard’s 1976 novel, one of four featuring the Jack Ryan character introduced in “The Big Bounce.”
Don Cheadle, who co-starred in “Out of Sight,” wants to direct an adaptation of “Tishomingo Blues,” Leonard’s 2002 novel about a stunt diver who wanders into trouble in a Mississippi casino.
Paramount has optioned “Tenkiller” for Bruce Willis, based on a Leonard short story about a rodeo stunt man who returns from Hollywood to find trouble brewing on his ranch.
Veteran producer Walter Mirisch has been working with Joel and Ethan Coen to adapt “La Brava” for Universal Films, based on Leonard’s 1983 book about an Old West prison break.