Coen Brothers to Direct 1950s Hollywood Comedy 'Hail Caesar' Next
Towards the end of last year, we heard that Joel & Ethan Coen would likely be tackling a gestating project called Hail Caesar, a comedy set in 1950s Hollywood. Now Deadline has confirmed that the Coen Brothers are in the midst of getting the film together now. The story follows a man named Eddie Mannix, who works for the movie studios of Hollywood as a fixer, someone who protects the reputations of their biggest stars from being tarnished. This was not an uncommon practice in the 50s, as studios were eager to keep the image of their most cherished talents clean and prime for being idolized and getting people into theaters.
Today, those people are called publicists, but the game has changed so much since the 50s due to more invasive gossip magazines, outlets like TMZ and the dawn of the internet, where news travels at breakneck speeds. Back in the day, studios had big contracts with their stars for several movies, so keeping them in a favorable light was key, especially during a time when there weren't hundreds of movies hitting theaters each year. These fixers made scandals disappear whether it was romantic affairs, DUIs, substance abuse or anything else, it was their job to get rid of it.
Previously, George Clooney was linked to the project as "a 1920s matinee film idol who takes on an Ancient Rome epic." More than likely he would need the fixer Eddie Mannix to help him out of some pickles. Previously, it had been said this would be the third film in the Coen's makeshift Numbskull Trilogy, which already includes O Brother Where Art Thou? and Intolerable Cruelty. This sounds like it would be a fun film for Clooney to be a goofball again, but we'll see if he ends up starring in the film by the time it goes in front of cameras. Either way, it's a Coen Brothers film, so we're immediately excited.