Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

American novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard has died as the age of 87.
After specializing as an Old West novelist in the 1950’s, Leonard went on to be a master of crime and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into films.

Some of his best known works are GET SHORTY (1995), OUT OF SIGHT (1998), JACKIE BROWN (1997), 3:10 TO YUMA (1957 and 2007), and the current TV series on the FX Network, JUSTIFIED. Overall, twenty-six of his works have been adapted for the screen; 19 motion pictures and seven television programs.
With the movies having the power to have such a strong visual impact, it is easy to overlook the basis for all those visuals...the written word. Elmore Leonard was a master of the written word. He wrote thrilling stories with real characters, and his absence will be felt on the screen and the blank page.

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