Friday, September 11, 2009

Jeff Bridges To Reunite With The Coen Brothers?

In what is shaping up as a "Big Lebowski" reunion, Jeff Bridges is in discussions with Paramount to star in Joel and Ethan Coen's redo of "True Grit." Bridges would play the role that won John Wayne an Oscar for the 1969 original.

Bridges last worked with the Coens when he turned in a heralded performance as Jeffrey "the Dude" Lebowski in the 1998 cult fave.

The picture, which also reunites the Coens with their "No Country for Old Men" producing partner Scott Rudin, has been redrafted by the brothers to be more faithful to the Charles Portis novel on which the original film was based.

Story centers on a 14-year-old girl who tags along with an aging U.S. marshal, Rooster Cogburn, and another lawman to track the outlaw who killed her father. The original told the story from Cogburn's point of view, but the new version will work from the viewpoint of the girl.

This would definitely be cool to see. I'm a big fan of The Big Lebowski and have always wanted to see Jeff Bridges do another film with The Coen Brothers. Whats weird is that The Coen Brothers always wanted to do another film with Bridges, but just couldn't come up with a character that he was right for. Hopefully they can somehow manage to get John Goodman in it too.


Danny King said...

This definitely sounds intriguing. I'm sure it will be good it sounds like a premise that the Coen brothers can do a lot of good with.

2 Dollar Productions said...

Sounds interesting, although I'm not sure Jeff Bridges would spring immediately to mind for that role (not that he couldn't pull it off). I'd like to see them reunite for another comedy, although that would probably be too blatant for them.

As for 'UP in the Air,' I heard it killed at some festival recently (Telluride or Toronto (?), and that Oscar talk is seriously underway.

LuckyCricket said...

I would definitely love to see Bridges reunite with the Coen Brothers. 'The Big Lebowski' is one of my favorite films of all time.

Check out my article on Coen films on my movie blog, follow if you like:

Farzan said...

@Danny King:
I hope so, the Coen brothers have hardly ever let me down. All their films are in a league of their own. Even some of their average films are still better than most films put out today.

@2 Dollar Productions:
I would LOVE for them to reunite for a comedy, Id pay to see that happen. Good to know about Up in the Air, it looked weird from the trailer, but its coming from the director of Juno so I know its going to be good.

The Big Lebowski is one of my favorites too. Ill definitely check out your blog, it looks good from what I saw.