FREAKY DEAKY takes a big step forward.

Once upon a time, not long after starting Crimespree Cinema, I wrote about Charlie Matthau’s intent on bringing Elmore Leonard’s FREAKY DEAKY to the big screen.

This was in January of 2007. Charlie wrote the screenplay himself, a script that Elmore Leonard was very enthusiastic about, and would handle the directing duties himself. Financing was needed, but the hope was to start filming later that year.

Better late than never: Variety has reported that Matthau’s The Matthau Company will be hooking up with Future Films USA and Blackwood Entertainment Group to make the film a reality.

Filming is scheduled to start in January of 2010.