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Jackie Brown Prequel in Development

A young “Jackie Brown” will be hit­ting the big screen soon. Screen­writer Dan Schechter and pro­ducer Michael Siegel are devel­op­ing “The Switch,” the pre­quel to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 hit “Jackie Brown.”

Switch” focuses on Ordell, orig­i­nally played by Samuel Jackson, and Louis, played Robert De Niro, as prison bud­dies doing time for grand theft auto until they join forces on the out­side for one big score.  They kid­nap a wealthy Detroit developer’s wife for the ran­som, only to find out he doesn’t want her back.  So they seize “the oppor­tu­nity to make a killing” with the help of his angry spouse.

The movie will be based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” which is the pre­quel to his novel “Rum Punch.” Taran­tino, who is not attached to the project but sends his bless­ings, adapted “Rum Punch” as “Jackie Brown” for the big screen.

Leonard will serve as a producer.