ABOVE: SCOTT FRANK. PHOTO COURTESY OF GABRIELA HERMAN.
Screenwriter Scott Frank has adapted some of the most beloved crime and science fiction writers of the 20th century, from John D. MacDonald to James Lee Burke, Philip K. Dick, Lawrence Block and, most notably, Elmore Leonard—who Frank adapted twice, in Get Shorty and Out of Sight, for the latter of which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also wrote the screenplays for Kenneth Branagh‘s Dead Again and Jodie Foster‘s Little Man Tate, Marley & Me and The Wolverine, as well as directed Joseph Gordon Levitt in The Lookout and Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Now, Frank is trying his hand at source material. His new novel, Shaker (Knopf), is an L.A. story with a little bit of Leonard, a little bit of Day of the Locust, and a whole lot of earthquakes.