Coen Brothers Are Next Writing New Film Focusing on an Opera Singer
The folk music film Inside Llewyn Davis from directing duo Joel and Ethan Coen is coming later this year (read Alex's positive review from Cannes) with Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and more, but the brothers are already thinking about their next film. Without giving away any details, Joel said, "You always hesitate to mention these things when you are in the middle of them, because sometimes they just go in a drawer and never surface again and then people ask 'what ever happened to that thing' for the next 20 years. We are writing something right now where the main character is an opera singer." Read on!
The Film Society Lincoln Center wrote about the revelation after a conversation hosted there, and pointed out that the news "caused some awkward rumbling from the audience and then an extended pause." Coen, sensing the audiences hesitation or maybe lack of interesting pointed out, "Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas, once asked me what we were doing next and I said, 'We're making a movie about a barber who wants to be a dry cleaner,'" Joel Coen recalled, "and she looked at me for a long beat and said, 'I'm trying real hard to get excited about that.'" That film turned out to be The Man Who Wasn't There. So while the film might sound bland, this is the Coen Brothers we're talking about.
The Playlist has a theory about how this story might have been conceived. They point out that since Inside Llewyn Davis was inspired by folk singer Dave Van Ronk for its main character, maybe the Yiddish song Dem Milners Trern featured in their 2009 film A Serious Man and sung by opera singer Sidor Belarsky somehow resulted in some sort of inspiration for a new story. There's no telling just what the Coens' will come up with, but you can bet that we'll be buying tickets whenever it hits theaters. In the meantime, Inside Llewyn Davis hits theaters in December.