Coen Brothers & Jeff Bridges Reunite for True Grit Remake
by Ethan Anderton
September 11, 2009
It was back in March when the official word of a Coen Brothers remake of the western True Grit. Since then we haven't heard much about the project since the Coen's were busy with their forthcoming release A Serious Man (watch the trailer). But now Variety tells us that there will be a reunion of sorts with Jeff Bridges in discussions to take on the lead role that won cinema icon John Wayne an Oscar back in 1969. The last time Bridges worked with the Coen Brothers, he turned in a highly praised performance as "The Dude" in the 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski, so this announcement has definitely piqued my interest.
The original True Grit tells the story of U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn and another man in uniform tracking the killer of a 14 year-old girl's father. In addition to being more faithful to the novel that the original film was based on, the Coens also change things up a bit in that the story is told from the point-of-view of the young girl, and not of Rooster Cogburn (Bridges' character). Scott Rudin is producing the remake, who also had his hand in Joel and Ethan's Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men. Personally, I think the Coen Brothers are two of the best filmmakers working today, and while their films are hardly blockbusters, they certainly are consistent when it comes to quality. I will be looking forward to this one. How about you?