A “Jackie Brown” Prequel Is In The Works

Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 Jackie Brown is the only film on his resume that didn’t come straight from his brain. The flick is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch, and the novelist penned a prequel of sorts to the book entitled Switch.

Writer-director Dan Schechter has signed on to produce Switch as a feature film. Variety has the details on the prequel, which involves the characters of Louis Gara (played by Robert DeNiro) and Ordell Robbie (played by Samuel L Jackson) and their early relationship:


Set 15 years before the events in “Jackie Brown,” story follows career criminals Ordell and Louis as they team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer. When the husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife’s return, the ex-cons are forced to reconceive their plan, and the angry housewife uses the duo to get her revenge.

The producers have already signed Mos Def (Be Kind Rewind, Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy) to play Jackson’s role and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, Lost) to play DeNiro’s.

We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend picking up Jackie Brown on BluRay.

You can order a copy of Switch for your reading pleasure right here.

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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