Entertainment behind the scenes
A wholesome tale of a young girl and a drunken — but ultimately heroic — old U.S. Marshall on the 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.
The Coen Bros., Joel and Ethan, are well-known for their clever scripting and directing of films like “Barton Fink”, “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men”.
But as smart as they seem to be, the brothers have a lot of fun creating characters that don’t quite measure up to their own abilities. In a word, the people they write about are dumb.