A great talent in the writing world was lost today when Elmore Leonard succumb to effects of a stroke he recently suffered at age 87. Movie fans will be familiar with Leonard’s work through the films and television that were adapted from his immense body of work.
Most notably in 1957 his short story set in the old west about an outlaw who is being transported is unexpectedly left in the hands of a lowly farmer to get him to the train for prison transfer. Glenn Ford would go on to star in the classic western story 3:10 To Yuma which would send Leonard’s work on a blazing trail to the silver screen for the next 56 years. The film would go on to find a new audience and have new life when mega-stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe would star in the remake 50 years later.
In between those years some of his best work work would go on to be made into film by such film making giants as Quentin Tarantino, Barry Sonnenfeld and Steven Soderbergh. Stars from all aspects of Hollywood would star in his films and they would certainly be highlights of their careers.
When it came to crime dramas and stories it could be argued that no one did it better than Elmore Leonard. Mr. Leonard wrote until he physically could no longer do so as he was working on a new novel at the time of his death. He was the quintessential writer and a man whose passion for his craft ran deeper than anyone can ever know. He had a knack for in depth crime stories and twists throughout a story that will make your head spin.
Hollywood and the literary world lost a giant today and no matter what medium you knew his work through, if you were a fan, no doubt you are saddened at this news. We will have a few more films be released soon based on his work and without a doubt the series Justified will carry on and do so in a manner to best honor this writing giant.