Celebrated novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard passed away at his home today in Detroit. He was 87 years old. The announcement came via Facebook post by Gregg Sutter, Leonard’s researcher and webmaster.
The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family.
Leonard published more than 40 novels over the course of his career, and has had a number of his works adapted into movies and TV series. In an interview last summer with The Atlantic, he revealed that his favorite adaptation is Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, which is based on Leonard’s 1992 novel, Rum Punch.
Jackie Brown Clip Gallery
- With Ordell gone, Louis and Melanie have a chance to get better acquainted. In this scene: Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda)
- The scheme to get Ordell's money falls apart at the very end. In this scene: Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson)
- Melanie gets an unexpected surprise after taunting Louis about where he parked the car. In this scene: Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda)
- Ordell and Beaumont argue about the method of their "gun sale." In this scene: Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), Beaumont Livingston (Chris Tucker)
- After he bails her out of jail, Jackie invites her bondsman, Max, in for coffee. In this scene: Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), Max Cherry (Robert Forster)
- Max watches on as Jackie's schemes play out in the Delamo Mall food court. In this scene: Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), Max Cherry (Robert Forster)
Leonard published his 10 Rules of Writing to help other writers achieve his masterful style. “These are the rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story,” Leonard says of the book. Artist Austin Kleon listed the 10 rules in his drawing to the right.
Leonard has left behind a legacy of timeless stories and unforgettable characters — Jackie Brown, Get Shorty, Justified and 3:10 to Yuma to name a few. Two Leonard film adaptations are forthcoming, including the Jackie Brown prequel Life of Crime, based on The Switch, starring John Hawkes, Mos Def, Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins. The film premiers next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.