Variety is reporting that Josh Brolin has been cast to play Llewellyn Moss the main character in Joel and Ethan’s upcoming “No Country for Old Men”. He joins Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem for the film that has supposedly begun filming this month in New Mexico.
An Albuquerque news station has a short article on the status NCFOM shooting. Apparently the governor of New Mexico is the source.
According to Variety Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem (Collateral) are in talks to star in “No Country for Old Men“. Shooting is set to begin in New Mexico and Texas in May. Scott Rudin is going to produce along side the Coens for this joint venture between Miramax and Paramount Classics.
Joel and Ethan adapted this novel by Cormac McCarthy. It takes place in West Texas in 1980. Following the story of a Vietnam vet finds the remnants of a Heroin deal gone bad. He’s then hunted by the interested parties who want their money back.
Just a quick glance at Joel Coen in IMDB.com shows that Hail Caesar is in pre-production for release in 2006. No Country For Old Men is “announced” for 2007. This is a pretty good indicator that they’re planning, at least for now, to do both films. Excellent.
Chris Hewitt of the St Paul Pioneer Press and Variety are reporting that the Coen Brothers next project will be an adaptation of the recently published “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy. The article states that they will direct, not just an adaptation this time. I don’t know what this means to the previously rumored next project “Hail, Caesar” with George Clooney. Hopefully, it will happen eventually. Let me know if you know anything firstname.lastname@example.org
George Clooney has stated that he’s going to star in the next Coen Film “Hail, Caeser”. According to Clooney “The star would have an idiot toga and a pencil mustache” and will complete the “trilogy of cowardly idiots” he’s made with Joel and Ethan. The story will follow a troupe of theater actors in the 1920’s putting on a play about ancient Rome. Some reports state this is already in pre-production, but they can’t begin shooting until after Clooney completes “The Good German” with Steven Soderberg.
It occured to me that there are a lot of books about Joel and Ethan out there. Let me try and gather some of them together here. I’ll start with the ones I’ve actually read. The Coen Brothers by Ronald Bergan. Has some good insight into the way they work. The Big Lebowski: The Making of a Coen Brothers Film by William Preston Robertson with help from Ethan’s wife Tricia Cooke. Talks a lot about the making of the first film Blood Simple and some in depth scene analysis with storyboards from Lebowski. Then there’s Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen. A collection of short stories. Hilarious, Horrific, and Coenesque.
Here’s a few others…
The Coen Brothers: The Life of the Mind by James Mottram
The Coen Brothers: The Story of Two American Filmmakers by Josh Levine
Coen Brothers: Virgin Film by Eddie Robson
The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way by Ethan Coen
The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen by Caroline R. Russell