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The Coen Brothers Now Developing a 'Full-On Horror Movie' Next?

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February 9, 2011
Source: Empire

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Though the Golden Globes may have snubbed Joel and Ethan Coen for their spectacular western True Grit, thankfully the Academy Awards came through with plenty of love for the film. Now it sounds like the Coen Brothers are already thinking about their next project. The writing/directing duo wrote the remake of Gambit, but clearly they're not directing. Well, Empire asked the Coens if they would ever consider directing a straight-up horror film for their next project and Ethan said, "Funny you should ask, yes, we're working on a couple of scripts now, one of which it would be fair to call a full-on horror movie." Oh, really?

However, Ethan followed that statement by saying, "Frances McDormand is the monster." Now, either he was joking completely about the concept of a horror movie, or just the bit about regular Coen Brothers collaborator Frances McDormand was the joke. However, the way Ethan said "one of which would be fair to call a full-on horror movie," maybe that's his way of saying they consider it a horror movie, but it's not exactly a straight-up genre film. If that's the case, McDormand could easily be "the monster" in some sort of strange way. Could she be some awful clerk at the DMV or perhaps something like a terrible mother-in-law? Seems a little too simple-minded for the Coen Brothers, but the thought of a horror film from them is certainly enticing. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments

1

These guys could make a Barney the Dinosaur movie staring Justin Beiber and I'd go see it. Even at their worst they are above average. Although the thing I want to see the most is a sequel to The Big Labowski, I know the chances of that are very slim, but I live in hope that some day we will see The Little Labowski.

Dandoo on Feb 9, 2011

2

That would be interesting. Directors these days don't seem to take a chance in making horror movies, let alone good ones.

Cinemamind on Feb 9, 2011

3

I hope it happens. Horror has always been one of my favorite genres, but it is rarely done well.

Craig on Feb 9, 2011

4

Yes, please, yes...if they can bring a fraction of the tension the brought out in NCFOM and combine it with horror, or even monster-horror, this could be incredible. I want it.

Voice of Reason on Feb 9, 2011

5

Well, as a Horror fan of course I'd love to see that!

David Perretta on Feb 9, 2011

6

Yes, the Coen brothers WILL make an excellently crafted horror film. It will probably be reminiscent of the likes of classic Hitchcock and Kubrick.

Marcus on Feb 9, 2011

7

If they did a film similar to Red State, a horror movie about the human condition, it would be great

Moviekidmike on Feb 9, 2011

8

What about this said they were doing a horror film next"?" Oh I see what you did there. You turned speculation into a headline. The Coens are known for juggling a handful of scripts at a time, and there are more titles we've heard about for years without any further development. I would be more interested to hear Joel Coen's reaction to his brother insinuating his wife is a monster. I bet he laughed.

Preston Goff on Feb 10, 2011

9

best thing ive heard in a whilee

Cornholen on Feb 10, 2011

10

What's with the Coen Brothers being so infallible? I guess they're becoming as untouchable as Woody Allen. They've made some pretty bad films in addition to some good ones. Let's not forget about the following duds: The Man Who Wasn't There Intolerable Cruelty Burn After Reading A Serious Man The Hudsucker Proxy

Jknovelli on Feb 10, 2011

11

The Hudsucker Proxy is a great movie.

MicAarZur on Apr 11, 2011

12

A serious man was cool

Aeo on Jun 20, 2011

13

Those films you listed are "duds" only in the minds of dim wits with poor taste.  To anyone with the capacity to make sound judgements, they are all tremendous works of art.  This is particularly true of "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Hudsucker Proxy", both of which are profoundly great in ways your obviously weak intellect is incapable of grasping.

William Stark on Jun 25, 2011

14

...and guaranteed to have a wtf(?) shit ending.

mrtibbs on Feb 10, 2011

15

ed crane still my all time great coen brothers creation but there have been so many. thanks lads for the lot.thomas  

thomas walsh on May 15, 2011

16

Horror would put their grit to the test. I was amazed by the perfection of No County for Old Men, One of my favorite movies ever. All their other movies where great. Whatever the genre, as long as they continue to capture characters people like to watch with just the right amount of off beat humor and realistic screenplay, I think the horror thing could work quite well. I was surprised at a movie called severance, that managed to blend comedy and horror like no other film I have seen before. Not as polished as acohen brothers film but worthy of a look.

Steve on Jun 20, 2011

17

Horror would put their grit to the test. I was amazed by the perfection of No County for Old Men, One of my favorite movies ever. All their other movies where great. Whatever the genre, as long as they continue to capture characters people like to watch with just the right amount of off beat humor and realistic screenplay, I think the horror thing could work quite well. I was surprised at a movie called severance, that managed to blend comedy and horror like no other film I have seen before. Not as polished as acohen brothers film but worthy of a look.

Steve on Jun 20, 2011

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