We would later learn that Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes (star of Sundance 2012 hit The Surrogate) had signed on to star in the film, to be directed by Dan Schechter from his own script adaption.
Titled Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch (the original 1997 film, Jackie Brown, which starred Pam Grier, was also based on an Elmore Leonard novel, titled Rum Punch).
Here's a synopsis:
Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing -- with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.
So obviously the prequel will focus on the relationship between Ordell and Gara, characters played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in the original film, and now will be played by Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes.
No Jackie Brown present here.
And, by the way, Quentin Tarantino doesn't have anything to do with this film, although he gave his "blessings."
So, expect a whole new look both in front of and behind the camera, in a film that will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of months, as the festival's closing night film!
Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins round out the starring cast.
Jackie Brown was both a commercial and critical success, raking in over $72 million in box office worldwide, on a $12 million budget. It also earned co-star Robert Forster an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
I'm mos def (pun intended) curious about this prequel, and its cast.
No trailer yet, but the first official still from the film is above.