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Reply #120 on: August 05, 2015, 11:45:56 PM
Coen Brothers To Adapt, Possibly Direct Ross MacDonald’s Lew Archer Crime Novel ‘Black Money’
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Perhaps you've been wondering what the Coen Brothers have been doing since “Inside Llewyn Davis”? Rather a lot! They’ve got a movie in the can coming out in February of 2016, the Hollywood comedy “Hail, Caesar!” starring George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson. They’ve also been doing a lot of writing, penning Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” screenplay and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “Bridge of Spies” (they also wrote the “Gambit” remake in 2012). One more writing assignment is coming down the pipeline, and they also could direct the project.

Los Bros Coen are going to write an adaptation of Ross MacDonald’s crime novel “Black Money.” If that sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because a movie was already adapted from the book: the same lead character was played by Paul Newman in the very underrated crime thrillers “Harper” (1966) and “The Drowning Pool” (1975). Both look terrific, since they were shot by Conrad L. Hall and Gordon Willis, respectively. But neither movie is based on MacDonald’s “Black Money” —the connection is simply the same gumshoe lead character. The Coen brothers could direct, but a film directed by the pair and produced by Joel Silver would be the first as such in a long time (he produced "The Hudsucker Proxy" way back in the day).

The plot centers on a spurned lover who hires private investigator Lew Archer to expose the suave Frenchman who has run off with his client’s girlfriend. Archer follows a trail that leads to a deep conspiracy, as the mysterious paramour is connected to a seven-year-old suicide and a ton of gambling debts.


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Reply #121 on: October 25, 2015, 05:29:32 PM
George Clooney To Direct Coen Bros Crime Noir Drama ‘Suburbicon’ At TriStar
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George Clooney is in talks to direct Suburbicon, a script by Joel and Ethan Coen that will be produced by Joel Silver. It’s a noir drama in the vein of the Coens’ breakout film Blood Simple, with this one being a small crime drama set in the 1950s.


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Nearly a decade ago, word first surfaced that George Clooney would take the helm of "Suburbicon," a screenplay penned by the Coens that they had originally planned to direct, with the actor slated to star. "They offered me a part in 'Suburbicon' a long time ago, and since then decided they have other projects they want to work on,” Clooney said in 2005. "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."


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Reply #122 on: October 26, 2015, 08:15:00 PM
The new Coen Bros movie looks great makes me think of some of the great moments in the deer park but thats me


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Reply #123 on: December 08, 2015, 11:05:00 PM
Matt Damon, Julianne Moore And Josh Brolin To Star In George Clooney's Coens Penned 'Suburbicon'
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Deadline reports that Clooney pals Matt Damon ("Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, "The Monuments Men," "Syriana," the Clooney directed "Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind"), Julianne Moore (the Clooney co-produced "Far From Heaven"), and Josh Brolin ("Hail, Caesar!") are lining up roles in the movie. However, even as the pieces are coming together, the plot details remain under wraps, though it's described as  a '50s set crime drama in the vein of "Blood Simple."

The wait will be a while for this one, with production not slated to begin until October 2016, which likely means a festival bow sometime in 2017.


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Reply #124 on: February 04, 2016, 04:18:09 PM
Coen Brothers Talk 'Barton Fink' Sequel 'Old Fink' And #OscarsSoWhite Controversy
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When it came to this weekend's "Hail, Caesar!," it was a project that was mentioned on and off for years, and then, was finally made. Could the same happen for "Old Fink"? To bring you to speed, it's the proposed sequel to "Barton Fink" that the Coens have been tossing around forever, calling it perhaps at their most optimistic, “more a thought experiment than a movie.” However, it's a thought they can't shake.

"We’re going to do a 'Barton Fink' sequel at some point," Ethan Coen told Variety, with his brother Joel Coen adding: "That’s the one movie that we thought deserved a sequel, called 'Old Fink.' But we don’t want to do it until Turturro is quite old. He’s getting there."

Asked if they had actually written anything yet, Ethan dryly quipped: "No, but there’s a huge groundswell of demand for it." So yeah, maybe don't hold your breath for it.

He's certainly not incorrect that most audiences probably couldn't care one way or another for another "Barton Fink" movie, however, there's been a lot of excitement about John Turturro's proposed "Big Lebowski" spinoff centering on Jesus Quintana, at one time working with a proposed title of "100 Minutes Of Jesus." And back in 2014, the actor was quite gung ho saying, "If I can get the permission I need, I'd like to return to that role," and wanted to direct the movie himself in 2015. That didn't happen. And when asked by the trade about the possibility of that movie ever getting made Ethan was quite clear: "No."

And Joel added that there won't be any followups to "The Big Lebowski" either. "Tara Reid likes to announce that just like Clooney likes to announce 'Hail, Caesar!' In this case, I don’t think we’ll oblige," he quipped, referring to the actress' announcement of the sequel in 2011.

Meanwhile, the directors have waded into the waters of #OscarsSoWhite in an interview with The Daily Beast, and they try to separate the issue from the actual show. "[That’s] assigning way too much importance to the awards,” Joel said of the controversy. “By making such a big deal, you’re assuming that these things really matter. I don’t think they even matter much from an economic point of view. So yes, it’s true — and it’s also true that it’s escalating the whole subject to a level it doesn’t actually deserve.”

"Diversity’s important. The Oscars are not that important," he added.

And the pair said that diversity doesn't just mean shoehorning various ethnicities into a script. "It’s important to tell the story you’re telling in the right way, which might involve black people or people of whatever heritage or ethnicity — or it might not," Ethan said.

"It’s an absolute, absurd misunderstanding of how things get made to single out any particular story and say, ‘Why aren’t there this, that, or the other thing?’” Joel added. “It’s a fundamental misunderstanding of how stories are written."


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Reply #125 on: January 10, 2017, 06:45:03 PM

Coen Brothers to Write and Direct Their First-Ever TV Series, ‘Buster Scruggs’ (EXCLUSIVE)
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January 10, 2017 | 04:26PM PT

Joel and Ethan Coen are the latest auteurs moving into television, with a new event anthology set in the Old West.

Annapurna Television is partnering with the Coen brothers on a limited series Western called “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.” Sources tell Variety that Annapurna intends to pursue an innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical.

Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script from an original idea and will direct the project.

The Coens will produce “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” through their Mike Zoss Productions label. Megan Ellison and Annapurna Television’s president of television, Sue Naegle, will serve as executive producers.

“We are very excited to be working with Megan and Sue on this project,” the Coen brothers said in a statement to Variety.

It’s still unclear how theatrical distribution could play a part in the project, but the intent is to shoot “Buster Scruggs” as a miniseries. According to sources, the scope of the project seemed too challenging to be covered in one feature film.

The idea is similar to Imagine Entertainment’s adaptation of the “The Dark Tower” series. Imagine Partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard had planned to do something over both theatrical and television, but ended up sticking with one feature film, which Sony will release later this year.

Plot details of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” are unknown, though it will intertwine six different story lines. The brothers are no strangers to the genre, with “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men” on their resume.

The brothers join a list of elite directors who have crossed over to television to further develop stories that could not make it to the big screen. Among many others, David O’Russell is currently working on a series for Amazon starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro, and J.J. Abrams is writing and directing a limited series with Meryl Streep that is currently being shopped.

The Coens most recently wrote and directed “Hail, Caesar!” and also penned the script for George Clooney’s next directorial effort, “Suburbicon.” They are repped by UTA.

After making a mark in the film industry, Annapurna is now making strides in television and is in pre-production on a limited series adaptation of the novel “Today Will Be Different” by Maria Semple, with Julia Roberts attached to star.


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Reply #126 on: August 04, 2020, 04:11:12 PM
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