Coen Brothers Finally Developing True Grit Western Next
by Alex Billington
March 23, 2009
We've heard it discussed before, but now the Coen Brothers will officially remake the 1969 western True Grit for their next feature film. Variety confirmed today that Joel and Ethan Coen are developing their version of True Grit, the iconic western that won John Wayne an Oscar, as their next project after they finish A Serious Man. The Coen's version will be less of a remake and more of a re-adaptation of Charles Portis' book that it's based on; they'll tell the story from the point of view of the protagonist 14-year-old girl rather than the lead actor as well. Oscar winning produce Scott Rudin is producing for Paramount.
True Grit tells the story of a drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger who help a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer in hostile Indian territory. John Wayne won the Oscar for his role as the U.S. Marshall. The original is somewhat of a quintessential western and I can't wait to see the Coen Brothers finally jump into that genre as well. I really don't know if now is the right time, considering most recent westerns haven't done very well at the box office, but I know I'll be the first in line to see it when it comes out. How many others are excited to see the Coen Brothers finally make a western?