Charlie Matthau lets 'Freaky' flag fly

Sets project inspired by Elmore Leonard novel

Writer-director Charlie Matthau is taking a shot at Elmore Leonard.

Matthau has written a screenplay inspired by Leonard's 1988 novel "Freaky Deaky" and will direct an adaptation of it. The novel involves a bunch of former 1960s radicals and their shenanigans in 1974 Los Angeles. Production is scheduled to begin in January.

Matthau, son of the late Oscar-winning actor Walter Matthau, also is producing the film through his Matthau Co. Simon Horsman of Future Films USA and Fred Pauzar of Blackwood Entertainment Group are executive producing.

"I am the luckiest director in the world to be able to bring Elmore Leonard's favorite and finest novel to the screen," Matthau said.

Leonard's works have been spun into such films as "Out of Sight," "3:10 to Yuma," "Get Shorty," "Jackie Brown" and "The Big Bounce."

Matthau is managed by Michael Meltzer, who also is a producer on the project.