Joel and Ethan Coen’s Upcoming & Other Projects

Suburbicon:

Empire Online is reporting that George Clooney is going to direct the Coen penned “Suburbicon”. Clooney is describing the script as “a really interesting, really funny, and very dark comedy.” Check out the full story www.empireonline.co.uk

No Country for Old Men:

Chris Hewitt of the St Paul Pioneer Press and Variety are reporting that the Coen Brothers next project will be an adaptation of the recently published “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy. The article states that they will direct, not just an adaptation this time. I don’t know what this means to the previously rumored next project “Hail, Caesar” with George Clooney. Hopefully, it will happen eventually.

Hail, Caesar:

George Clooney is said to have decided to return to the big screen in a new movie directed by the Coen brothers, who arecurrently filming on Parise je t’aime’s 1st arrondissement.

According to Ain’t It Cool News,
Clooney talked to Vogue magazine about the new upcoming project, “Hail, Caesar!.”

The movie set in the 1920s revolves around a bunch of idiots attempting to put on a play of the Greek tragedy.

Joel and Ethan Coen will therefore complete their “idiot trilogy” with Clooney – the others being O Brother Where Art Thou (2000) and Intolerable Cruelty (2003).

The Ladykillers:

9/25/2002 From Variety.com – Tom Hanks has firmed up his next two starring roles. He’ll first take a steam train to the North Pole in the Robert Zemeckis-directed “Polar Express,” then play a thief in the Coen brothers-directed remake of “The Ladykillers” at Touchstone.

9/25/2002 from CNN.com – All signs point to Tom Hanks following “Polar Express” with the black comedy “Ladykillers.” The film is a contemporized remake of the 1955 Ealing comedy that starred Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. Written by the Coen brothers and set in the South, the picture revolves around a crusty old landlady who unwittingly rents rooms to a group of thieves looking to use her haunt as a hideout. They try to dispose of the matron but find her fairly indestructible.

Romance and Cigarettes:

7/23/2002 from Eonline.com – James Gandolfini a song-and-dance man? O brother, art thou kidding me? Absolutely not. We’re talking the Coen brothers here.
Apparently, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was only a prelude for the ever-quirky tandem. Now, according to Daily Variety, director Joel and writer-producer Ethan Coen are tuning up for an encore to their Oscar-nominated (and Grammy-winning) folksy Depression-era musical odyssey and are eyeing the oversized godfather of The Sopranos to strut his stuff in the lead role.
The duo have reportedly agreed to produce and direct Romance and Cigarettes, a new musical being written by one of their favorite actors, John Turturro. (Aside from O Brother, Turturro starred in the Coens’ Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and Miller’s Crossing.)
According to Variety, the story is a cross between the stylized 1981 Steve Martin musical Pennies from Heaven and The Honeymooners (remember, this is the Coen brothers) and takes place in Turturro’s hometown of Bensonhurst, New York.
Unlike O Brother–in which most of the cast, including star George Clooney, lip-synched to professional musicians–Romance and Cigarettes will follow the lead of Moulin Rouge and have all the actors doing their own singing and dancing.
Gandolfini would make his crooning debut in the film. The actor, who costarred in the Coens’ 2001 film The Man Who Wasn’t There, is in talks to play the lead, a Ralph Kramden type. The Coens will tailor the shooting schedule to coincide with The Sopranos hiatus in early 2003.
The filmmakers are also hoping to enlist such musical veterans as Susan Sarandon (who shot to fame in The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Christopher Walken (who costarred in Pennies from Heaven and showed off his mean dance moves in the Fatboy Slim video “Weapon of Choice”). Other actors being courted for roles include Julia Stiles, Steve Buscemi and Gandolfini’s Sopranos sibling (and John Turturro’s real-life cousin) Aida Turturro.
Turturro is also trying to persuade his Mr. Deeds costar Adam Sandler to do a cameo in the movie. (Not, we pray, as Opera Man.)
The Coens will begin work on Romance once they put the wraps on Intolerable Cruelty, a black comedy starring Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones that just began production.
With Romance in the pipeline, the renaissance of the Hollywood musical is in full bloom. In addition to the recent O Brother, Moulin Rouge, Dancer in the Dark and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Miramax has huge expectations for the Christmas release of its big-screen version of Bob Fosse’s Chicago, starring Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Renée Zellweger .

To The White Sea:

Rumored to be the next Coen Brother’s release after “The Big Lebowski” but that obviously didn’t happen since “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “The Man Who Wasn’t There” have both come and gone in that time. But it is still believed that this will eventually be made. If they can get over the budget issues. The budget would have to be huge. And even Brad Pitt can’t guarantee a return on a film with almost no dialogue. If you have any further information about this project be sure to email me:reveler@coenbrothers.net

Gap and H&R Block Commercials:

The Coens directed two commercials in early 2002. One for Gap starring Christina Ricci and Dennis Hopper. And another for H&R Block sort of in the vain of “The Hudsucker Proxy” it aired during the 2002 Super Bowl.

The Gates of Eden:

Even if it didn’t contain a chomped ear and a decapitated head, Ethan Coen’s debut fiction collection would resemble the horrifically giggly crime films of the Coen brothers. You’ve got the bleakly realistic Midwest settings: a frazzled dad driven crazy driving his kids on a camping trip in “The Boys.” You’ve got the minutia of the middle-class life captured down to the last speck of “abstractly speckled linoleum” (“The Old Country”). You’ve got comically incompetent thugs (Mafiosi spectacularly failing to bring Mob rule to Minneapolis in “Cosa Minapolidan,” a college-boy boxer turned private dick in “Destiny”). You’ve got ghastly, amusing caricatures of showbiz moguls: the record-company guy soliloquizing in “Have You Ever Been to Electric Ladyland” could be as real as his allusions to the personal foibles of Cat Stevens and Danny Thomas. Above all, you’ve got a mockingly self-conscious yet vibrantly original style of pulp-culture homage and spoofy, sharp, vulgar dialogue like nobody else on earth can write, except Joel.

The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way:

Ethan’s second effort in the literary world. A collection of poems.

Crimewave:

A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair. Directed by Sam Raimi it represents the Coen’s second script to hit the big screen. Little information is actually known about this movie and it is very hard to find. If you have seen it or know when I can get a copy…Email me reveler@coenbrothers.net

The Naked Man:

Of course, this isn’t a Coen brothers film, but it does have a strong connection to their films with Ethan Coen contributing to the script (but not producing) and with the Coen’s storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson directing and also co-writing. As to be expected, it’s not as good as a full Coen brothers effort, but worth a look for anyone who is a fan of the Coens (as I am). That said, it’s not a great movie. It does have a pretty funny central concept, but to me, it never seemed to completely get off the ground. J. Todd Anderson directs the film in a similar style to Joel Coen, but he isn’t near as good as writing funny dialog. There is some stuff here that people with a weird sense of humor (like me) will appreciate, but mostly the film is meandering and pointless. Definately not on the same level as the Coen brothers’ classics, but worth seeing for anyone who likes the Coens, or weird comedies in general.

Spies Like Us:

Joel appeared as Drive-in security in the film. Just thought that might be interesting to someone.