Joel and Ethan Coen are doubling down. Not only are the remaking a film, they’re remaking a remake of the Charles Portis book “True Grit” (try to follow that after a few cocktails). The original adaptation came out in 1968 and won John Wayne an Oscar and co-starred Robert Duvall, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, and Dennis Hopper. Needless to say, they have some big shoes to fill if they want to tackle this beast.
Apparently, The Coen’s didn’t like the original adaptation of the book, and think that they can do one better with their own spin. They will once again be teaming up with producer Scott Rudin, who partnered with them in No Country for Old Men, so I doubt it’s going to be your average remake.
I’m not sure how I feel about them messing with a classic, but one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a hard to find a set of modern actors to come up with half the talent of the original cast.
The film is reportedly about:
A 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father’s killer in hostile Indian territory.
The Coens just completed their most recent project, A Serious Man, which is expected out in October of this year. I’m guessing they’re still in post-production, so I’m not sure how long it will take to get True Grit off the ground or whether is will fade out before anything ever happens. One thing is for sure, if this thing does happen, we’re going to have to keep a close eye on the cast.
What do you think? Should the Coen brothers remake the classic or leave it be?