Elmore Leonard Talks Hollywood with TheWrap

Iain Blair at TheWrap has a nice interview with novelist Elmore Leonard, who’s making the rounds promoting his new FX series Justified – whose pilot was based off the writer’s short story “Fire in the Hole.”

Leonard reveals that while several of his recent books have been adapted into movies, he hasn’t actually worked on a screenplay since 52 Pick-Up with Roy Scheider in 1986. Some more highlights:

Of all the Hollywood adaptations of your books, which ones got it right?

I think Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown were the closest in spirit to the books. Quentin Tarantino stayed very close to my story with Jackie Brown. The others added little things here and there – but you have to for a movie.

What about 3:10 to Yuma, which was based on one of your short stories?

The first version was back in ’56, and it stayed closer to my story. The second time around they made it a much bigger picture, with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale – with a lot more action. I really liked it — right up until the end. The ending didn’t make a lot of sense to me.