Coens will direct “No Country for Old Men”

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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

15 thoughts on “Coens will direct “No Country for Old Men””

  1. Hi, are saying that Hail Caesar is ‘in production’ which is normally quite a reliable indication so maybe they will do ‘No Country For Old Men’ after this, or maybe it will change? it does happen

    I’ve been wishing that the Coen’s would go back to something a bit more gritty and less comic after ‘Intolerable Cruelty and Ladykillers. So maybe this would be the perfect antidote before taking on another comedy Hail Caesar

    From reading the synopsis of ‘No Country For Old Men’ it sounds like it would be right up the Coens street

  2. i’m a huge cormac mccarthy and coen brothers fan. i cannot wait to see their take on no country for old men. it is a viscious story, and not much humor to it, it is brutal and stark and beautiful as all mccarthy books are. this could be amazing.

  3. Looking forward to another movie adaptation of a McCarthy novel!! (Even though the book is ALWAYS better.)

  4. “gritty” does not begin to describe No Country for Old Men. I’ve just started this book and it “has” me. I foresee no sleep tonight. Nobocy can take you into the desert and make you thirst like McCarthy can.

  5. i was told by a DFW film critic, “No Country” will most likely not even be “recognizable” from book, based on previous coen films.i love the bro’s. i admit to not being up on what they adapt as to original. bbt wasted a great story in ” All the…..”. i hope same does not happen. i will even regret if it’s a fine film that has no continuity to the read.

    one question for y’all is there any talk of a film version of “Cities of the Plain”?


  6. I was happy to read the news. This could be a really fine movie if the participants back off form the idea of synergy. I think that they have enough experince, integrity and common sense to make it happen. It would be great to have aprofessional, informed, experinced and inspired production. It could be a BIG SLEEP type of movie if everyone has fun with it. Best wishes.

  7. No Country for Old Men has so much going for it that the Coen brothers can pick and choose and not go wrong. Principally it emphasizes more than any novel I have read recently the daily despair we go through as human beings in not living quite up to what we want and know we should be; and with that we have the opposite: our demoinic self who lives up to precisely what he is. This is very frightening and no clousure is ever possible. Fate and chance control all and so does our every smallest gesture made knowlingly and unknowingly.

  8. I agree with what Padgett says. I am also reading the second volume of Yeat’s biography by Foster. A magnificent piece of writing and scholarship. Yeats exemplifies Sheriff Bell as Bell conducted his life. Bell had more courage than he gave himself credit for; so did Yeats. ” Sailing to Byzantium” reveals much about the book Cormac McCarthy wrote with wide latitudes for imaginative interpretation. I think that the genius of what McCarthy did lies in the style that it is written in. The thoughts of Sheriff Bell are profound and riveting and so are the words of the poem. I am trying to say that both capture the essence of what makes us most creative and human: beauty with words and syllables combined with deep emotion and tragedy. For our times and for all times both the poem and the novel hint at Revelation: the art work of McCarthy and the art work of Yeats
    reveal a different kind of apocalypse: every act we make counts, and we cannot escape our consiousness. It will bless-curse us until the end. We are lucky if we find one human who really loves us and stays with us. But the Anton Chigurz are out there in abundance to be dealt with by someone. At our best we will not become like him; at our worst we will and destroy him and perhaps become like him. Ad infinitum.

  9. Been doing some more thinking. Yeats was interested in a moral order that stressed politeness, intellect, and creativeness. In many ways Sheriff Bell does too. The fact that he talks like a good ole boy should not mislead the reader about the high level morality that Bells lives. A lot of what he does in the novel he does because he cares on a deep level. He is a very sensitive man. Cormac McCarthy has created a character that will endure; and by how he lives his life as well as by the way he talks, Sheriff Bell sounds (rings out ) a hope for the future that is in many respects based on a return to higher values that existed in the past when duty done was done because one should and not because one had to. His grandfather may have been idealized but the morality of his grandfathers’s generation was not. I think Yeats with his imaginative Irish Ascendancy dogma was hoping for the Sheriff Bells of the world to emerge. What I find most interesting is that Sherfii Bell speaks poetically and profoundly throughout and his thoughts and emotions are pure art created by Cormac McCarthy.

  10. I agree with the comment above. Stuff that looks easy usually isn’t. Whether it is a runner or a ballet dancer, or a poet or a novelist, what seems to be so easy to read, is, but it isn’t. Purt art lasts mainly because it taps those moments that we all feel and do not know how to exactly express and from the moment we read, see, or see the art work, we are not the same: we have been transformed to a higher level of consciousness.

  11. The comments of Padgett give me much to think about. Putting off stuff and not getting stuff done has always been a problem of mine. Still is. No Country … by McCarthy emphasizes both doing something and not. Moss knows he should not take the drug money; his deepest instincts tell him that. But he acts otherwise. Also his deepest instincts kill him too. He does not have to go back and take water to the man. He does not have to let Anton Chirgurz escape but he does. He cannot go completely against his higher angels and his death is a direct result of his own actions both bad and good. The imaginative, metaphorical journey that Yeats makes in his poem Sailing to Byzantium ( or that the speaker in the poem makes even if it isn’t Yeats )is a plan to act, a plan for the near future, and it is going back to pure art but not entirely. The sensuous still somewhat remains. I was struck by the ending of the novel when Sheriff Bell brought in all those concepts about the water trough, his own wife’s biting him on the ear, and his working in of his father and what his father had done for him. All this points to a higher order of love and commitment and raises the novel to a moral statement about our time. The contrast with Chirgurz is razor sharp. His side likes to hide art and only display copies; all and everything is reduced to Mercantile Ethics and killing for it. The Sheriff Bells of the world and his wife exemplify the best that is in us as humans and going in to debt to do so; thus, the
    $ 6,000 or so dollars he owes for the meals and treats his wife gives those who are locked up in Sheriff Bell’s jail. The most puzzling thing to me in the novel was the motivation of Chirgurz: I don’t think it is money alone or he would have fled with what he ending up returning. His motivation remains pure evil and not fathomable by me Thank God.

  12. The present war in Iraq, our presence there, is I think alluded to in No Country for Old Men. Duty should be done. But. The big But is this: What we are trying to save may not be worth it; And trying to force our beliefs on others will not work; Evil does exist in the world. The Anton Chirgurz are out there and his type. So are the Bushes. Both believe they are right. Sheriff Bell believes he is right, but he does not like what he will have to become to deal with the world that he sees already happening. You can become what you want to destroy if you are not alert. Go against what you strongest believe in. And destroy the evil you are pursuing and then you still have to deal with yourself. The ending of the novel No Country points to a Revelation coming, and to what our heart tells us we must do: carve out a water trough, do our duty as we know we should, have courage to do that, and honor and respect our father. Big things and little are equal and important. All I have written are symbolic: the water trough represents art, heart wish, and longevity, and more. It definitely represents what will last after petty wars are fought and buildings blown up. Higher level of consciousness abounds in the book and the movie will certainly capture much of that as the Coen Brothers have done in the past. I look forward to their artistic creation. My take on the novel and Yeat’s poem on which the novel’s title was taken is bleak and despairing. Pure art will always exist, but I hate to think of the time I live in not being worth saving. I sometimes feel that way. It is the daily love and commitments we make that gives us any hope; it is the smallest gesture done with kindness whether to a prisoner, one’s wife, or one’s enemy. Respect shown for all that matters and all does matter on some level. This is not as confused as it seems: Revelation hints at another world. We defintely need one.

  13. I love McCarthy but NCFOM is not his best. FIrst half is fine then it loses direction. Perhaps the film will add the missing piece? Should be a hard but compelling watch. I am waiting for Blood M to be made. Now that would be a tough ride.

  14. NCFOM, unless it is pared WAY down and given an entirely different ending, is going to stink, even with the input of the Coen Bros. Plus, its been done before, in the vaguest sense, in Lone Star. For those of you who have read NCFOM and know the Coen Bros body of work, you can watch this train wreck in slow motion and learn a lesson in how a good book can be combined with great movie talent and produce an unwatchable film. Good luck, boys!

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