The Coen Brothers Writing a “Full-on Horror Movie”

     February 9, 2011


The Coen Brothers have shown that they can do just about anything.  They can bend any genre, they can hit any tone, and they’ve hit a winning streak that shows no sign of slowing down.  But what will be their follow-up to True Grit?  Ethan Coen tells Empire that they might be going into the horror business.  When Coen was asked if they would ever do a film in the horror genre, he replied:

“Funny you should ask, yes, we’re working on a couple of scripts now, one of which it would be fair to call a full-on horror movie. Frances McDormand is the monster.”

The part about McDormand may be a joke (she’s his sister-in-law), but it would be awesome to see them go into the horror genre.  They’ve never shied away from the horrific, but to see them pursue a film firmly in the genre and seeing how they’ll twist it sounds like it could be incredible.  Hit the jump for Coen had to say about their other potential projects.

Joel and Ethan Coen also wrote the script for the upcoming remake of Gambit directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.  Ethan explains that it was always intended as a writing-gig only:

“Gambit was just a writing job. It seems like the movie is going to get made but not by us; it never was to have been.”

Coen says he and his brother Joel are working on a few scripts and while they want to do their Barton Fink sequel, Old Fink, they say that John Turturro isn’t old enough yet (although I hear there’s make-up that can make actors appear older than they actually are!).  Coen also says that the project “may be more a thought experiment than a movie.”

The Coens have managed to keep pace with one-film-per-year since No Country for Old Men in 2007.  Hopefully, they’ll grace us with another one of their movies for 2011.


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