On paper, “Jackie Brown” looks like the safest bet. Tarantino’s silent killers have been compared many times to the notorious criminals in Elmore Leonard’s novels. Barry Levinson’s hilarious adaptation of Leonard’s “Get Shorty” feels like QT Lite. Maybe Tarantino could understand the characters of the “Rum Punch” author and deliver a pure, uncut Leonard character.
That Tarantino took three years to get Jackie Brown out of the field raised eyebrows. Did he squander his gifts on making a senior (and highly lucrative) screenplay doctorate for Jerry Bruckheimer (most notably in “Crimson Tide” and “The Rock”)? Was he too enamored with his own voice? Has he started to imitate himself?
There are red flags everywhere, but in a 1997 interview with EmpireTarantino is adamant that he doesn’t feel pressured to head “Pulp Fiction” (also foreshadowing a future project):
“People assume I don’t follow it right away because I’m intimidated or scared by it – there’s something really offensive about that to me. I’ve been trying to build a career completely not based on fear and I’m really not I’m not afraid of anything artistic I’m scared of a guy in an alley with a baseball bat, I’m scared of the Mansons breaking into my house I’m scared of a rabid dog walking on road, but I’m not afraid of anything artistic.”
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