For their next film, Joel and Ethan Coen will give us their take on True Grit, the iconic Western that won John Wayne an Oscar.
As with most things Coen, this will not be a traditional remake, the Paramount film will be more faithful to the novel written by Charles Portis than the 1969 film.
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. While original film was directed as a showcase for Wayne, the Coen’s film will be told from the girls point of view.
The original starred Kim Darby as the girl, Wayne and Glen Campbell as the lawmen, Jeff Corey as the killer and featured Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper as fellow outlaws.
The Western steps in front of another novel adaptation the Coens have on their plate: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, based on the Michael Chabon novel.
The Coens first remake was in 2004, with their update of the 1955 dark comedy The Ladykillers.
The Brothers just completed A Serious Man, which they wrote, for Focus Features and Working Title.
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