August 20, 2013
Why Elmore Leonard Was the English Language’s ‘Most Cinematic Novelist’

Elmord Leonard’s writing career produced an incredible number of hit novels, short stories, and movies—Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, and 3:10 to Yuma among them—but not all of the films adapted from his work succeeded. Last year, The Atlantic’s James Parker asked him whether he’d learned anything from flops like Be Cool or The Big Bounce.
"No—nothing," he replied. "The screenwriter is a writer, and if he’s really good, he’ll recognize what’s on the book page, and he’ll pick it up and use it."
Read more. [Image: MDCarchives]

Why Elmore Leonard Was the English Language’s ‘Most Cinematic Novelist’

Elmord Leonard’s writing career produced an incredible number of hit novels, short stories, and movies—Get ShortyOut of SightJackie Brown, and 3:10 to Yuma among them—but not all of the films adapted from his work succeeded. Last year, The Atlantic’s James Parker asked him whether he’d learned anything from flops like Be Cool or The Big Bounce.

"No—nothing," he replied. "The screenwriter is a writer, and if he’s really good, he’ll recognize what’s on the book page, and he’ll pick it up and use it."

Read more. [Image: MDCarchives]

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