Author Elmore Leonard, whose dark-crime books have been optioned into a slew of hit TV shows and movies, is currently recovering from a stroke in a hospital near his Detroit-area home. He is 87.
"Out of Sight," "Get Shorty," "Rum Punch" (released as "Jackie Brown"), and "Three-Ten to Yuma" are among Leonard's novels and short stories that have been adapted into films. He also originated the "Justified" character Raylan Givens, and he's penned several screenplays, such as the 1972 Clint Eastwood Western "Joe Kidd."
The movie "Life of Crime," based on his thriller "The Switch," is set to premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, and Isla Fisher, it's described as "a crime caper about two ex-cons whose plan to kidnap a real estate developer's wife doesn't go quite as smoothly as expected."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leonard's stroke "was not life-threatening."