Coen brothers have a wealth of screenplays that they have written
(or part written) that they have yet to turn into movies. We can
look forward to a future which will include some, or all, of the
YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION
Feb 8th 2009 the Guardian
(UK broadsheet) had an interview with No
Country For Old Men producer Scott Rudin where he mentioned
that "He has already started working on the next Coen brothers
film, an adaptation of The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael
Chabon." Nate, over at Chabon website, sugarbombs.com,
has had it personally confirmed by Chabon himself so it must be
legit information. Apparently it will be their first writing gig
once the WGA strike ends.
In April 2009 Michael Chabon had this to say;
Q What's moving forward most quickly is a Coen brothers' adaptation of “The Yiddish Policemen's Union,” right?
A Right. I'm a huge Coen brothers fan. I love their movies. It's an event when there's a new Coen brothers movie coming out. I can't wait to see it. The fact that it's something I wrote is just gravy. They seem perfect for it. As soon as I heard they were considering it, they sounded like the ideal choice for the material.
about the internet in December was the fact that Joel and Ethan
had mentioned that they had written a western movie. Being the
Coens it's gonna be kinda violent, Joel; ”We've written
a western with a lot of violence in it. There's scalping and hanging
... it's good. Indians torturing people with ants, cutting their
eyelids off.” Ethan; "It's a proper western, a real
western, set in the 1870s. It's got a scene that no one will ever
forget because of one particular chicken."
mystery the Coens started writing shortly after Ethan moved
to New York. This one still may be a going concern in some sense,
as George Clooney has mentioned that it was going to be his
first film with the Coens until they decided to offer him 'O
Brother Where Art Thou. "It was a small part and I was going
to get beaten to death with a shovel. I liked it. It was a great
part". Thanks to Ciaran Cassidy for supplying the above info.
More developments in November 2005 with the news that George
Clooney is going to direct this, which is great news considering
the excellent job he did on his directorial debut, Confessions
of a Dangerous Mind, along with the high praise preceeding his
follow up, Goodnight and Good Luck. This from Clooney: “I’m
going to do a comedy with Joel and Ethan in around a year. I
really like working with them and I like doing comedy with them.
They offered me a part in Suburbicon a long time ago, and since
then decided they have other projects they want to work on,
so I called them up and said 'How about me taking a spin at
it?' Because it's a really interesting, really funny, very dark
comedy." (empireonline.co.uk 23rd November 2005).
in March 2008 - "No, no, I wanted to do that, [but] I haven't
stolen that one away from them yet. I think they are going to
do it, I think they are going to direct it, but I love that
project. I have a part in it that I would love to play."
So it looks like the Coens may direct this one themselves.
brothers have thus far refused to elaborate any further on this
one. Its a script they wrote with Ed Harris in mind. Mr Harris
has has a lengthy and varied acting career, including roles in
Glengarry Glen Ross (David Mamet, 1992), Nixon (Oliver Stone,
1995), The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998) and A Beautiful Mind
(Ron Howard, 2001). None of this sheds any light on what the Coens
might have written for him. Sorry. Thanks to Ciaran Cassidy for
supplying the info.
mention I ever heard of this was in the July 2004 issue of Empire
magazine. It is supposedly a sequel in which Barton Fink is now
a professor at Berkeley University in the swinging 60's. The brothers
apparently commented, "Sure we'll do it, if we live long enough.
We don't want to do it till John's really old." Of course they
could be just messing about...
WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
in the same article as Old Fink (above). A remake (Heaven's to
Betsy NO!) of the 1967 satire, in which a white girl takes her
black boyfriend home. The Coens: "What you'd have to do was an
exercise in pure style. That's another dream project gone." On
one occassion, the subject came up at the end of a string of clearly
untenable projects, after Joel reiterated his desire to make a
dog move 'Like "Old Yeller"', he elaborated. Ethan's response
to this was 'We keep arguing, Joel wants to do a dog movie and
I wantto do a farm comedy like 'Ma And Pa Kettle'... y'know we'd
cast David Straithairn and Kathy Bates.' It has to be said the
Coens are so wilfully perverse that you couldn't rule any of those
out entirely. But they won't happen. Probably.
one was talked about a loooonnng time ago and the Coens have confirmed
(again in the Empire article mentioned above) that they never
intended to direct this adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel.
"That was never a project of ours to direct, it was just a writing
was rumoured back in May 2001 over at Ain't
It Cool but has resurfaced lately (May 2004). The 2001 rumour
started because of a comment Billy Bob Thornton made during the
press for The Man Who Wasn't There. I suspect he was joking but
you never know! The recent rumblings have begun because of an
"article" in the British tabloid newspaper, The Daily Star, (reported
on t'internet over at Dark
Horizons) which claims that the Coens are set to write and
direct the movie with Hugh Jackman slipping into the lord of the
apes' well-worn loin cloth. The fact that this originates in such
an illustrious bastion of truth as The Daily Star removes at least
90% of the credibility from this story. More as it happens.
rumour about a movie dealing with Jesus Quintana's back story
started because of a comment John Turtutto made in an interview.
To quote the man himself- " We actually may do a continuation.
We're thinking of doing a down and dirty movie with him-- Jesus:
The Second Coming. That thing is huge all over the world. People
go insane over it, so we thought we've got to come up with the
right story. We're in discussions to do it." Personally I
think this is a joke on Turturro's part. I would be very surprised
if this movie was made... though it would be cool!
Latest is a comment made by the Coens in the July 2004 issue
of Empire magazine: "John [Turturro] wants to do it. We could
call it The Passion of the Jesus, so now would be a good time.
Good title, too." I would kill to see this movie made.
September 2007 - John
Turturro has been talking about a possible Big Lebowski Jesus
Quintana spin off movie again. In an interview with Gothamist.com
he brought it up, pertinent parts below but you can read the
on the subject of cult classics, The Big Lebowski has gone on
to become one. Yeah,
look at that. Didn’t do great here originally but now
you surprised by the lukewarm response the film received when
it came out? No, wasn’t surprised; I didn’t
realize how funny it was.
I first saw it in the theater I thought, “That was interesting.”
But then over repeated viewings it’s just gotten better
and better for me. One of my favorite films. It’s
really, really, really – It’s really, really good.
It’s really, really good! It’s hilarious. Maybe
someday we’ll do a little spin-off of it. We’ve
talked about it. But we’ll see.
there any chance of that? I want to make a Jesus film
but Joel and Ethan… We’ve got to sit down. Maybe
next year I’ll get them to write it. We’ll see.
that your idea to lick the bowling ball? A lot of those
ideas were mine, yeah. But Joel and Ethan and I kind of share
the same sensibility. And that’s why they were so helpful
on my film, editing it. Because I don’t have to explain
things to them. They understand. And they know how to make it
to John for emailing this in.
2008 many of the stars of The Big
Lebowski were quoted
on the internet on the subject of a Leboski sequel - Steve
Buscemi, whose character Donnie died at the end of the original
movie, reckons a Donnie-centric prequel would be the way to
go: “You could have the prequel to ‘The Big Lebowski.
It could be the life of Donnie the surfer because remember,
he not only bowls, he surfs.”
Moore had this to say: “I think she has a role in everybody’s
universe, Maude abides too! She’s with The Dude somewhere,
man, she had The Dude’s baby, remember? So there’s
a mini-Dude out there. [Maybe the movie] is called ‘Mini-Dude’!”
About Turturro’s dream Jesus spin-off she said: “He
should! What a great character. He’s incredibly powerful.”
Seymour Hoffman, the Big Lebowski’s sycophantic assistant,
Brandt, has said: ““That’s just like a sick
thought, isn’t it? I love that [Lebowski] has a life now.
I had a ball making it.”
know much about this one at all other than it is to be a "Roman
farce" hopefully starring George Clooney.
JULY 2005- George Clooney is to star and couldn't resist spilling
the beans. He is to play the leader of a 1920's theatre troup
who are putting on a production of "Julius Caesar". Clooney is
quoted as saying, "The star would have an idiot toga and a pencil
mustache." and describes his character as "an absolute jackass."
Clooney also described this movie as the third part of his "idiot
trilogy" after O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty.
magazine's January 2008 issue as part of a 13 page Coen
brothers feature; "The story of a 1920's theatrical troupe's
vain attempts to put on a production of Shakespeare's Julius
Caesar seems to have been relegated to the backburner. At various
times it's been set to star George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson."
THE WHITE SEA
of the fantastic novel of the same name by James Dickey (Deliverance),
about a WWII gunner who ends up behind enemy lines in Japan.
Largely a survival tale. This movie was seemingly all good to
go. A script was written and it was partly cast. Brad Pitt was
to star and a reported budget of $60m was bandied about. However,
Pitt opted out and something went wrong with the budget. The
Coens could no longer raise the required cash and the movie
was shelved indefinitely. A huge shame because the movie was
to be largely dialogue free which would have been very interesting.
Latest is a comment made by the Coens in the July 2004 issue
of Empire magazine: "No, that's never going to happen, sadly."
Indeed it is sad.
2008 I got my mitts on the screenplay. Download
Coen now seems to be officially attached to this as sole scribe
(as of March 2005) so we shall see what comes of it.
a remake of the 1966 British crime caper which starred Michael
Caine as a suitable sticky-fingered thief who teams up with
Shirley MacLaine to 'liberate' an expensive statue from its
rich owner. Needless to say, things don't exactly go to plan
and a series of double-crosses send the whole operation in to
disarray. The Coen's version was originally rumoured to star
Hugh Grant, but now Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley appear to have
star, Colin Firth, said
this in September 2008 - “No! It’s a complete
lie. It’s been on IMDB and just sitting there. The Coen
brothers have written an absolutely brilliant script. [‘My
Best Friend’s Wedding’ director] PJ Hogan came on
and Ben Kingsley was attached to it. Then it was Sandra Bullock
attached and then Jennifer Aniston. They [the Coen brothers]
won’t direct it. It had a producer attached to it and
In April 2009 director Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith) was rumoured to be "circling" the project. YKFK news piece.
22nd November 2010 - Apparenlty Gambit is now greenlit by production company, Crime Scene Pictures. Directing duties will apparently fall to Michael Hoffman , with his latest film ‘Last Station' about the life of Leo Tolstoy receiving acclaim. YKFK news piece.
IGN this is a movie Joel Coen really wants to do. It's a
cold war comedy and nothing else is known about it. There is
also a small mention at the Independent's
Stephen Glitheroe for the heads up.
first mention of this one came in an Empire
Online article on 24th April 2007. Simply confirming this
movie as the Coen's follow up to Burn After Reading and that
is was "a dark comedy in the vein of Fargo".
That's it for now.
magazine's January 2008 issue as part of a 13 page Coen
brothers feature; "Going into production next April (2009),
little has been revealed about this comedy. Rumour has it as
the story of a Jewish professor in the 1960's who starts to
question the value of his life. He wants a divorce from his
philandering wife, to stop his children taking all his money
and to be rid of his deadbeat brother. Not only that, he is
now receiving death threat letters from a mystery source, and
his hot neighbour keeps sunbathing nude. The cast has not yet
been announced, but various rumours have Jennifer Anniston,
Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley to feature."
the promotional campaign for O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 1999,
the BBC showed a 50 minute documentary about the Coen brothers.
It was mainly concerned with the Coen's past and featured interviews
with many of the actors that have worked with the Coens along
with family, friends and crew members.
interesting part of this documentary for me, was a scene where
a bookcase was shown (I think it was in the Coen brother's office).
On the bookcase were around 40 screenplays that the brothers
had written and not yet made. Titles included; Intolerable Cruelty
(since made, of course), Coast To Coast (which is about a Chinese
plan to take over the world using cloning which apparently featured
28 Albert Einsteins!), Voices, Chatahoochee, Leap In The Dark,
Johnny Skidmarks (which was written by their friend and collaborator,
William Preston Robertson and made into a movie in 1998 by director
John Raffo and starring John Lithgoe, Peter Gallagher and one
Frances McDormand), Meet Bobby Buttman, The Concierge (I don't
know if it is or not but how excellent would a movie about Heinz
the Baron Krauss Von Espie be?), Mr. Murder, Cult Cop, The Land
of Youth, A Man In Shades, Justified Sin, Quark Victory, Red
Harvest and Respect Your Godfather. No news on any of these
unless stated I'm afraid.