Myriad Pictures and Matthau Media are set to adapt Elmore Leonard’s comedic crime thriller Freaky Deaky. Charles Matthau, son of the late legendary Walter Matthau, is set to direct. Per Variety, “Freaky Deaky chronicles the exploits of two former lovers who are extreme radicals with a talent for bomb making. After several years and prison terms apart, they reunite to steal millions from an accomplice. But they draw the attention of police and a bomb squad, especially one cop with bomb training of his own.” Production is set to begin in early 2011.
Leonard’s work has been the basis for popular films including 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, and Jackie Brown as well as less-than-popular films like The Big Bounce and Be Cool. Let’s hope that Freaky Deaky lands in the former category. [UPDATE: Deadline reports that William H. Macy will star. Macy’s latest film, Dirty Girl, was picked up for $3 million last night by the Weinstein Company after its Toronto Film Festival debut].