Oh, the for the dim and distant halcyon days of the late 1990's, when everyone and their mother had an Elmore Leonard movie on the way. There were five adaptations of the popular crime writer's books in 1997 alone, including Quentin Tarantino's stellar Jackie Brown and Paul Schrader's "Oh Right, Paul Schrader Did That Movie" Touch. Interest in Leonard's work may have peaked over ten years ago but Hollywood's still churning out adaptations of his works now and again. TV's Justified was based on his short story Fire in the Hole, 3:10 to Yuma was based on his short story 3:10 to Yuma, and now Freaky Deaky will be based on his novel… Freaky Deaky. If it ain't broke, don't fix it we guess.
Leonard's 1988 novel tells the story of a group of 1960's radicals who use their bomb-making skills to go legit in the 1970's, taking a number of odd jobs. Matt Dillon has signed on to play Chris Mankowski, a Vietnam vet who takes a job on the Detroit bomb squad. Brendan Fraser has been cast as Skip, who now works as a Hollywood explosives expert. William H. Macy plays an alcoholic millionaire whose mansion Skip threatens to blow up if he doesn't receive $3 million. The film will be directed by Charles Matthau, Walter Matthau's son, whose previous directing credits include such underwhelming films as Doin' Time on Planet Earth, Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love and The Marriage Fool.
Freaky Deaky doesn't seem destined for greatness at the moment, with a solid but B-level cast and a director not known for kicking ass. We remain cautiously optimistic, but this whole affair is looking kinda bleaky deaky to us at the moment. Deadline had the scoop.
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