Tarantino-Less “Jackie Brown” Prequel?

Daniel Schechter (“Goodbye Baby”) is developing a script based on Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel “The Switch” reports Worst Previews.

The story follows two car thieves, Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, who hit it off in prison and once released plan one last score. The job? To kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom.

There’s a problem though, the husband doesn’t want his wife back, so the pair come up with a new plan with the help of a ticked-off housewife bent on revenge against the developer.

There’s two big wrinkles to this story. The first is that ‘Switch’ is essentially a prequel to Leonard’s “Rum Punch”, the novel which served as the basis for Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film “Jackie Brown”.

Older versions of the two main characters of ‘Switch’ were portrayed by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in the Tarantino film. Michael Siegel (“Be Cool”) is producing the film and there’s hope that Tarantino will be involved in some capacity, even if only to give his blessing.

The other is that the storyline itself bears a strong resemblance to the Danny DeVito and Bette Midler-led award-winning 1986 black comedy “Ruthless People” which was based on a 1910 short story by O. Henry.