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Jeff Bridges In Talks For True Grit
Coen Brothers remake moves forward

11 September 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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Joel and Ethan Coen announced earlier in the year that their next project would be a re-do of True Grit: the 1968 novel by Charles Portis filmed in 1969 with John Wayne. Variety reports this morning that things are hotting up, with the revelation that Jeff Bridges is in talks to play the Wayne role. Dudester Cogburn, if you will. Thank you, we'll be here all week. Oh, it's Friday.

This will mark the first time that Bridges has re-teamed with the Coens since his epochal role in The Big Lebowski in 1998. Scott Rudin, who backed the brothers on No Country For Old Men, is again aboard as producer.

John Wayne won a sentimental Oscar for his role as Marshal Ruben J "Rooster" Cogburn, which he reprised in the Katherine Hepburn co-starring sequel (there was also a further follow-up TV movie threequel, with Warren Oates replacing Wayne).

The orginal film took some liberties with the source novel by centring on Cogburn, rather than Mattie, the 14-year-old (played by the 21-year-old Kim Darby) who hires Cogburn to track down her father's killer. Scope for this to be spun as a fresh adaptation then, rather than a remake per se, and the Coens have already confirmed that Mattie will be their focus.

The brothers have mooted a western for years, and have skirted the territory before: not least with No Country. But a fully-fledged western finally being in the works is a mouthwatering prospect, and the casting of Bridges has only made us hungrier. Sign the contract, Jeff! Sign it!

 


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I love the original, and in my opinion there's not many who might touch Wayne's performance. Having said that, Bridges might not be too bad in the role... More

Posted by DazDaMan at 23:14 on 13 September 2009 | Report This Post

the coens have been the best thing in cinema for the last 15 years, the could remake my wedding video and i'd still love it, More

Posted by anakin73 at 15:52 on 13 September 2009 | Report This Post

Dude vs Duke
John Wayne (putting aside his sometimes dubious politics) was and still is for many an absolute legend. true Grit is one of his most adored films. I, for one, love Bridges' work, I love the Coens but some things you just don't mess with. It's like someone remaking one of the great Ealing comedies... oh, hang on, someone already did that AND MURDERED IT! Do not do this to the Duke. Call me an old git but the movie industry is really starting to stumble. It's just remakes and reboots all ove More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 09:03 on 13 September 2009 | Report This Post

No!
Some things you shouldn't mess with. Bridges is one of the best actors around, but he'll only suffer by comparison. As anyone who's read my previous posts knows, i'm against the lazy hollywood trend of remakes. I don't care how much the original detracted from the source novel, it's just the lack of originality typical of movies today. More

Posted by davidjthomson at 21:21 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Jeff Bridges In Talks For True Grit
Is this your contract, Jeff? Is this your contract, Jeff? Is this your contract, Jeff? Is this your contract, Jeff? More

Posted by Julmis at 15:51 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

Back In Saddle
jeff was great in walter hill's 'wild bill' so bring it on. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:36 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

True Hit or True Shit?
Jeff Bridges is a good actor and the Coens can sometimes make great movies (I'm not a fan of everything they do, but Fargo and No Country were classics). Still, it would have been incredible if they'd cast Clint Eastwood as the one-eyed cowboy, that would have been so fitting to make his last role a remake of the Duke's Oscar-winning role. More

Posted by BenTramer at 12:22 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Jeff Bridges In Talks For True Grit
itreat little read, I'm really looking forward to the Coens' take on this. Plenty of humour in the source material, which they'll hopefully exploit well, especially if Bridges is on board. The casting of Mattie will be fairly key though. More

Posted by Acho at 12:15 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

woah, okay guys, i'm on-board!! should've mentioned i love their work. damn. i'm all for them doing a few more adaptations of books also, they hit McCarthy's tone right on the head with No Country More

Posted by postgrape at 12:04 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

The original 1969 movie IS centred around the character of Matty (we only meet Wayne's Cogburn properly 10-15 minutes into the picture). Given how huge a star The Duke was I can only imagine people have come to believe the film is structured entirely around him when any actual watch of the film lets you know that it's not the actual case. More

Posted by baerrtt at 10:42 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

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L: postgrape Any new Coens movie is good news, and I love the idea of them doing an all-out Western, but after The Ladykillers I balk a little at the idea of them tackling another remake. You only have to look at the likes of Miller's Crossing or The Man Who Wasn't There to see they're more than adept at doing genre exercises all by themselves. iller's Crossing is loosely based on The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammet and that was also made into a film in the 40's. Miller's Crossing wasn't a More

Posted by eruptus at 09:25 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

It's not a remake of the original film!
postgrape, they are not remaking the film. They are adapting the book, and we all know what happened last time the Coens adapted a book. So please Jeff sign it! More

Posted by ricman3 at 09:16 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

The Dude abides. Usually couldn't care less about remakes or Westerns, but with the Coens on board, you know it will be something special. Look forward to this.... More

Posted by dctuck at 08:47 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

Any new Coens movie is good news, and I love the idea of them doing an all-out Western, but after The Ladykillers I balk a little at the idea of them tackling another remake. You only have to look at the likes of Miller's Crossing or The Man Who Wasn't There to see they're more than adept at doing genre exercises all by themselves. More

Posted by postgrape at 08:47 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

Yeah Jeff, Sign it!! More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 08:26 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

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