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Elmore Leonard's clever crime novels have made for some terrific movies over the years, including the great 90s triumvirate of Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown. He's even the godfather of the current FX series Justified, having created the character Raylan Givens that Timothy Olyphant plays. The last Leonard novel to be adapted into a film was the virtually unseen 2009 film Killshot, but he's giving it a go again with an adaptation of Freaky Deaky , a crime story that just bulked up its cast.

According to Variety Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson will all join William H. Macy in the film, about two ex-hippies who concoct a plot to build some bombs and scare a Hollywood producer out of his cash. Fraser will be playing one of the hippies, who now works as a pyrotechnics expert, and Macy will play the mogul with the delicious name of Woody Ricks. Robinson will play a former Black Panther who works with the mogul, while Dillon, ever in hero mode, plays the square-jawed LAPD bomb squad officer who discovers the plot. The film is being direct, producer and adapted by Charles Matthau, founder of The Matthau Company and, indeed, son of Walter Matthau; his directing credits go all the way back to 1988's Doin' Time on Planet Earth.

They'll be changing a few details of Freaky Deaky such as shifting the time setting from the late 80s to 1974, a change Leonard himself approved of. Rights to the novel had at various point been in the hands of Quentin Tarantino and John Malkovich, and it's hard to know what to expect out of this one, though also hard to argue with this motley assortment of character actors who typically liven up every film they're in. Production starts this June in Michigan, once Matthau picks the woman he wants to play the female lead-- in the book, Fraser's character Skip Gibbs is working alongside female ex-con Robin Abbott.
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