Coen Brothers to Direct 1950s Hollywood Comedy 'Hail Caesar' Next

May 16, 2014
Source: Deadline

Coen Brothers

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 asĀ "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.

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  • Xerxexx
    Seems like the hudsucker proxy my favorite coen film. Count me in!
  • Llewyn Davis
    Can't wait for this
  • Christopher Roberts
    "especially during a time when there weren't hundreds of movies hitting theaters each year. " You know, I don't mean to be rude but for a site that has to do with movies you guys make big mistakes about film history on a regular basis. In 1953 paramount pictures released 25 films. In 2013 they released 7. The number of movies being released a year has not gotten bigger since the 50s it has declined.
  • Terry Craig
    Awesome, the plot sounds a lot more interesting than before. I can already see fancy 50s business cards saying "There's Nothing Mannix Can't Fix" and Clooney wearing toga and laurel.
    Rock it!!!~




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