This month’s Empire magazine has a 5 page article on HBO TV show, The Wire. It’s mainly an interview with its creator, David Simon and, in it, he waxes lyrical about the Coen brothers. This from said article…
He said, “I’ll watch anything by the Coen brothers. I’d spend a month on set bringing them coffee just to see how they work.” He might even get his chance, as Coen regular – and Mrs to Joel – Frances McDormand has optioned Every Secret Thing, by crime novelist Laura Lippman, who just happens to be Mrs. David Simon. A dinner for the two couples proved that even hardbitten, ex-hacks-turned-TV-big-cheeses can come over all starstruck.
“That was a fanboy moment for me. I couldn’t get a word out – all I was thinking was, ‘It’s fucking Joel Coen!’, and I’m an ex-reporter so I’m not allowed to go civilian! I don’t care if the President of the United States walks in the room – ‘Fuck you, I’m a journalist’ – but the Coen brothers, man…”
I, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing a collaboration between the Coens and Simon. The Wire is an incredible show and, if you haven’t seen it yet, take a punt on the Season One boxset. I can’t recommend it enough.