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Monday, 23 March 2009

The Coen Brothers have True Grit

Joel and Ethan Coen plan to remake the iconic Western True Grit, which earned John Wayne an Oscar in 1969.

According to Variety, the Paramount remake will not be as faithful to the film as to the Charles Portis book that the film was based on.

Portis' novel is about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father's killer in hostile Indian territory.

But while the original film was a showcase for Wayne, the Coens' version will tell the tale from the girl's point of view

The film will be their first period film. The project reteams the brothers with Scott Rudin, their partner on the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men. The Coens wrote the screenplay.

The original starred Kim Darby as the teen, Wayne and Glen Campbell as the lawmen, Jeff Corey as the killer and featured Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper as fellow outlaws.

"True Grit" originated at DreamWorks when that company was Par-based, but it was one of the projects that Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg left behind since the original is part of the Paramount film library. Former DreamWorks prexy Adam Goodman, now a Par exec, is steering the project for the studio.

The Western steps in front of another novel adaptation the Coens have with Rudin: "The Yiddish Policemen's Union," based on the Michael Chabon novel and set up at Columbia.

The Coens just completed "A Serious Man," which they scripted, for Focus Features and Working Title.

No production date has been set.

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Anonymous said...

first period film? what the-

Live for films said...

You know what I didn't even notice that on the source material when I posted it.

What an odd thing for them to say about the Coen Brothers. Millers Crossing, Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink could all be classed as a period film

Well spotted Anon

Note to self proof read more.