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Coen Bros. have “True Grit”

March 23, 2009

A wholesome tale of a young girl and a drunken — but ultimately heroic — old U.S. Marshall on coensthe trail of a killer in the Wild West. Does it sound like the stuff of a Coen Bros. movie, the writer/director team that brought fans comedies like “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and modern crime dramas “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men”?

Umm, not really. But in a few years, we’re all going to find out.

Word comes in Daily Variety that Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the best movie Oscar for 2007′s gritty drug drama ”No Country,” have signed up to reboot 1969′s “True Grit” that won John Wayne an Oscar in the role of a hard-drinkin’ marshall,  Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn. The young (14 year-old) girl was portrayed by Kim Darby, and the movie was a hit in its day.

According to Variety, the Coens will put their own spin on the movie and stick closer to the story of the original novel by writer Charles Portis. In particular, the tale will be told from the girl’s point-of-view, whereas the 1969 version became a showcase for the tough cowboy Wayne.


As a big fan of the original movie I really hope that they don’t mock it or degrade it’s significance as a great John Wayne vehicle.

Posted by Paul Whiting | Report as abusive

I have been a big Coen Brothers fan for years and I am confident that what we get from them on the remake of this classic will be terrific and true to its source! hence, we’ll have a film that represents the author of the novel and not star power system of Hollywood. Hooray!

Posted by Jack Seville | Report as abusive

The Coens make such great films, there is no doubt in my mind that they will do a great job with True Grit. Any new on the cast? I was heard that Val Kilmer was being considered for the part of Rooster Cogburn. I think Val would do a fantastic job with that role.

Posted by Renee Alvarado | Report as abusive

Val Kilmer? Is that true? That would be great, he is definetely a great actor.

Posted by MCee | Report as abusive

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