EPIX® Reimagines ‘Get Shorty’ for Television Produced by MGM Television
Produced by MGM Television, the Original Series is a Dark Comedy Slated to Start Production Fall 2016
May 24, 2016 05:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Premium TV network EPIX® announced today it will go into production on Get Shorty from MGM Television. Created and executive produced by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), the one hour drama series is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Production on the series is anticipated to begin this fall and air summer 2017.
“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty”
In Get Shorty, Miles Daly works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.
“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. “I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice. Get Shorty promises to be yet another example of the type of high-end, premium TV that EPIX is committed to delivering to its subscribers.”
“Davey has created a modern-day re-envisioning of Elmore Leonard’s timeless cult classic where organized crime and Hollywood collide in very funny ways. We are thrilled to bring these irreverent characters to fans and audiences around the globe with our fantastic partners at EPIX,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM.
Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels - Available August 30, 2016
Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1970s
Fifty-Two Pickup | Swag | Unknown Man No. 89 | The Switch
Edited by Gregg Sutter
Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1980s
City Primeval | LaBrava | Glitz | Freaky Deaky
Edited by Gregg Sutter
Available, August 30, 2016
Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
Get Shorty | Rum Punch | Out of Sight | Tishomingo Blues
Edited by Gregg Sutter
Author Jim Harrison dead at 78
The Washington Post
By Hillel Italie
(Jim and Elmore were good friends.)
NEW YORK — Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga “Legends of the Fall,” has died at age 78.
Spokeswoman Deb Seager of Grove Atlantic, Harrison’s publisher, told The Associated Press that Harrison died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, Arizona. Seager did not know the cause of death. Harrison’s wife of more than 50 years, Linda King Harrison, died last fall.
The versatile and prolific author completed more than 30 books, most recently the novella collection “The Ancient Minstrel,” and was admired worldwide. Sometimes likened to Ernest Hemingway for the range and kinds of his interests, he was a hunter and fisherman who savored his time in a cabin near his Michigan hometown, a drinker and Hollywood scriptwriter who was close friends with Jack Nicholson and came to know Sean Connery, Orson Welles and Warren Beatty among others. He was a sports writer and a man of extraordinary appetite who once polished off a 37-course lunch, a traveler and teller of tales, most famously “Legends of the Fall.”
James O. Born Interviewed for Elmore Leonard Documentary
Author Jim Born Interviewed for Elmore Leonard: The Dickens of Detroit Documentary in Miami
MIAMI - Feb 29, 2016—For more than seventeen years with the U.S. Marshals Service, DEA, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Jim Born has seen just about everything Florida crime and criminals can throw at him. Elmore Leonard first met Jim Born when he was a DEA agent stationed in South Florida. Jim’s dad, Judge John Born was friends with Leonard’s close friend Judge Marvin Mounts. Jim gave Leonard technical advice on a number of books starting with Get Shorty.
For more info: http://www.dickensofdetroit.com
James W. Hall Interviewed for Elmore Leonard Documentary
James W. Hall interviewed by John Mulholland in Key Largo for the upcoming Elmore Leonard Documentary—The Dickens of Detroit. Hall is an American author and professor who has written eighteen novels that include Under Cover of Daylight, Hard Aground, Gone Wild, Buzz Cut, Red Sky at Night, Rough Draft, Off the Chart and Silencer.
Mike Sandy aka Max Cherry Interviewed for Elmore Leonard documentary
Max Cherry from Rum Punch was modeled on
West Palm Beach Bail Bondsman Mike Sandy
Mike Sandy, a West Palm bail bondsman, remembers meeting Elmore Leonard in the late ’80s.
“Marvin Mounts and Dutch Leonard walked into my office,” said Sandy. “My office was on Banyan, and he was just finishing ‘Maximum Bob.’ Dutch was interested in doing a book about a bail bondsman and said, ‘Can I ask for your help?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely not.’ “He was a little startled and said, ‘Why not?’
“Because everything I’ve ever seen, heard or read about bail bondsmen is negative and I don’t want to contribute to that.”
“I’ll make you a deal,” he said. “Share your files with me, and I promise you that whatever I write about your business will be positive.”
Leonard began borrowing files from Sandy, one of which involved a stewardess arrested for drug trafficking. From that came “Rum Punch,” later made into the movie “Jackie Brown” by Quentin Tarantino.
Read more at: http://richardzampella.blogspot.com/…/mike-sandy-max-cherry…
12 Fascinating Facts About ‘Jackie Brown’
James L Menzies
Jackie Brown is the third film from director Quentin Tarantino and the only one of his movies not based on his original material (it’s a liberal adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch). Considered by many fans and critics to be one of Tarantino’s most “mature” cinematic efforts—its pace and bravado stand in stark contrast to Pulp Fiction—Jackie Brown is one of those rare movies that only gets better with age and subsequent viewings. Here are 12 facts you might not have known about the Oscar-nominated crime drama.
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Openings to Elmore Leonard Novels
Every time they got a call from the leper hospital to pick up a body Jack Delaney would feel himself coming down with the flu or something. - BANDITS
The night Vincent was shot he saw it coming. - GLITZ
“He’s been taking pictures three years, look at the work Maurice said. “Here, this guy. Look at the expression. Who’s he remind you of?” - LABRAVA
Stick said he wasn’t going if they had to pick up anything. Rainy said no, there wasn’t any product in the deal; all they had to do was drop a bag. Stick said, “And the guy’s giving you five grand?” “It makes him feel important,” Rainy said, “it’s how it’s done. Listen, this’s the big time, man, I’m taking you uptown.” - STICK
Moran’s first impression of Nolen Tyner: he looked like a high risk, the kind of guy who falls asleep smoking in bed. No luggage except for a six-pack of beer on the counter and the Miami Herald folded under his arm. -CAT CHASER
In the winter of 1981 a multimillionaire by the name of Robinson Daniels shot a Haitian refugee who had broken into his home in Palm Beach. - SPLIT IMAGES
One day Karen DiCilia put a few observations together and realized her husband Frank was sleeping with a real estate woman in Boca. - GOLD COAST
A friend of Ryan’s said to him one time, “Yeah, but at least you don’t take any shit from anybody.” Ryan said, “I don’t know, the way things’ve been going, maybe it’s about time I started taking some. - UNKNOWN MAN NO. 89
He could not get used to going to the girl’s apartment. - 52 PICKUP
Frank Sinatra, Jr. was saying, “I don’t have to take this,” getting up out of the guest chair, walking out. Howard Hart was grinning at him with his capped teeth. - TOUCH
Chris Mankowski’s last day on the job, two in the afternoon, two hours to go, he got a call to dispose of a bomb. - FREAKY DEAKY
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17 Facts About ‘Out of Sight’
It only takes a few minutes of being trapped in the trunk of a car together for U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco to fall for bank robber/prison escapee Jack Foley. But shortly after she manages to escape, she’s made part of a task force that’s determined to find him and his crew before they can pull off a diamond heist. Best known for its modish editing (Anne V. Coates earned an Oscar nomination for it) and the palpable chemistry between leads George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, Out of Sight also marks the first partnership between Clooney and his soon-to-be-frequent-collaborator Steven Soderbergh. Here are some facts about the Elmore Leonard adaptation to read before you get into a tussle.
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