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Old 03-23-09, 01:31 AM
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Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

From Variety:
As their next film, Joel and Ethan Coen will put their spin on "True Grit," the iconic Western that won John Wayne an Oscar.

Not a traditional remake, the Paramount film will be more faithful to the Charles Portis book than the 1969 pic, also distributed by Par.

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 p.o.v.

Pic will be their first period Oater.

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.
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Right now, they could attach "The Coen Brothers" to anything and I'd watch it.

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Right now, they could attach "The Coen Brothers" to anything and I'd watch it.

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agreed... they have redeemed themselves for that brief mid-career cash grab

this is the key part of the statement that stuck out to me

"the Paramount film will be more faithful to the Charles Portis book than the 1969 pic"

all i can say is... bring it on.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

"Pic will be their first period Oater."

What does that sentence mean? Is Oater another word for Western?
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

So who's gonna play John Wayne's role? Tommy Lee Jones? Jeff Bridges? Billy Bob Thornton? They've all worked with the Coens before.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Curious to see how a Coen Bros. Western turns out -- though we saw elements of it with NCFOM
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Interesting. I'll see it.
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Yes, 'Oater' means 'Cowboy Movie'.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Tommy Lee Jones would be awesome in this, very excited to see the bros making this.
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Because horses eat oats, and westerns have horses!

I hate movie buzzwords.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Not one dismissal because it's a remake? Is this a DVDTalk first?
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

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Not one dismissal because it's a remake? Is this a DVDTalk first?
i think the coens have proved they can pull this off

this is not a typical remake

if they were re-doing Robocop or Soylent Green i would be annoyed, but this is a (imo) pretty ballsy and interesting choice

they will show it the love it deserves unlike 98% of all other directors doing remakes
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I'm all in. Sounds like this could be very good.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Remake or not, the Coen's always get a pass. I have very high expectations for their first Western. I'm just happy to see Westerns get some love, since we don't get nearly enough of them anymore.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

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Because horses eat oats, and westerns have horses!

I hate movie buzzwords.
That's Variety for you. They can never say something clearly if there is an obscure piece of movie jargon to toss in.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

I'm in.

This could be something really cool.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

It's an independent adaptation of the novel, not a remake. Though the Coens will throw in a few sly references to the Wayne flick, I'm sure.

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.
That's the first I've read of this, and it's fantastic news. If ever there were a match made in heaven, it's the Coens and Chabon. Mensch, all of them.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Originally Posted by mmconhea View Post
Not one dismissal because it's a remake? Is this a DVDTalk first?
It's not their first remake.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Originally Posted by Tarantino View Post
Right now, they could attach "The Coen Brothers" to anything and I'd watch it.

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Ironically, I'm the opposite...I see that name, and it's an automatic non-watch for me.
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How come?

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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

Originally Posted by abrg923 View Post
Ironically, I'm the opposite...I see that name, and it's an automatic non-watch for me.
Really? The Coen Bros.?

I am also curious of the answer to Tarantino's query.
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

I've yet to see a single movie of theirs that I could even remotely tolerate. I haven't liked one...all uninteresting dreck to me.
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I've yet to see a single movie of theirs that I could even remotely tolerate. I haven't liked one...all uninteresting dreck to me.
Everyone is absolutely entitled to their own opinion and I understand not liking all the Coen flicks but none of them?
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Re: Coen Brothers to adapt 'True Grit'

You haven't clicked on his DVD Profiler link, have you?
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You haven't clicked on his DVD Profiler link, have you?


Hates all Coen movies, but loves Lakeview Terrace, You Don't Mess With The Zohan, & The Marine enough to own them.

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