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AUG 23, 2013 - The Independent

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The king of crime: How writer Elmore Leonard paved the way for Quentin Tarantino

Elmore Leonard provided source material for films for well over 50 years. Surprisingly, given his reputation as a crime novelist, his first stories adapted for the screen were Westerns, written for pulp magazines when Leonard had a job in an advertising agency and was still trying to establish himself as an author at two cents a word. In a late interview for Criterion, Leonard reminisced about being paid $90 for his story 3:10 To Yuma, which was first made into a movie in 1957 and then remade in 2007.

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