After dishing out a new film every year for the past year, 2011 will be Coen-less. But that doesn’t mean the Oscar-winning brothers aren’t at work on their next project. As we reported over the summer, Joel and Ethan Coen are working on a “music-intensive” project and that the film would be “loosely based one of the 1960s Greenwich Valley folk scene’s most revered names: Dave Van Ronk.” Variety now reports that the film will be entitled Inside Llewyn Davis and “centers around Llewyn Davis’ struggles as a folk musician during the genre’s 1960s heyday in New York City.” That pretty much follows what we had heard thus far and it sounds pretty great. The Coens have heavily used bluegrass (O Brother, Where Are Thou?) and gospel (The Ladykillers) in the past and I can’t wait to see what they do with folk music.
On a related note, the Coen Brothers will reteam with producer Scott Rudin while Studio Canal will co-finance and handle international sales for the flick. Rudin previously worked with the Coens on No Country for Old Men and True Grit and that worked out pretty well. Now that there’s financing, hopefully this film will speed into production and we can get our next Coen film by 2012.