In the late 1990s, after the release of Pulp Fiction, director Quentin Tarantino purchased the rights to four Elmore Leonard novels, one of which was Rum Punch, which was adapted into Jackie Brown. One of the other books was Forty Lashes Less One, the author's early Western novel which was published in 1972, and it seems that story might be heading to the small screen. During an interview with Premiere, the filmmaker revealed that he is considering turning Forty Lashes Less One into a TV miniseries. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"It always takes me a while before thinking about the future. That said, I own the rights to this book I wanted to adapt for a while, and the time may have come. This is Forty Lashes Less One, Elmore Leonard, which could be my third Western. (What) I like most is considering a project to (put) on TV, in the form of a mini-series of four or six hours."
The story centers on Harold Jackson and Raymond San Carlos, a black man and an Apache half-breed who are facing life sentences at Yuma Prison. They are given a shot at redemption as they are tasked with teaming up to track down and hunt Arizona's five most wanted criminals. The director first hinted at turning this story into a feature adaptation back in 2000, and in 2007 he revealed in an interview that he had written about 20 pages of a feature screenplay adaptation, but we haven't heard anything else about the project until now.
If Forty Lashes Less One does head to the small screen, it will mark one of the director's few forays into television. He previously directed an episode of ER, wrote and directed a two-part episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and he serves as an executive producer on #15SecondScare. While he's not involved in El Rey's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, he does get credit for co-writing the screenplay for the original film which the show is based on.
The filmmaker's next big screen endeavor, The Hateful Eight, debuts in a limited roadshow release on Christmas Day, before opening in theaters nationwide on January 8. Several high-profile filmmakers are making the jump to television these days, including David Fincher, who has two new shows in development at HBO, and Woody Allen, who is developing a TV show for Amazong Studios. Do you think Quentin Tarantino should make the transition to the small screen as well?