The multiple-Oscar-winning Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, are putting out a new film adaptation of True Grit, the 1969 Paramount western which won John Wayne an Oscar for Best Actor.
According to Variety, their film won’t exactly be a remake, per se, but instead will stick closer to the book than that picture with the Duke did. The story is about a 14-year-old girl who, with Wayne’s help, tracks down her father’s killer. The Coens’ film will take things more from the girl’s perspective rather than Wayne’s aging lawman.
The Coens have worked inside the western flavor before with films like No Country for Old Men, but this will be the first time that they’ve gone all-out to make a period western and it sounds to me like a match made in heaven.
The Coens have a script and will produce the film with thier No Country partner Scott Rudin. The film is being pushed ahead of a couple other projects that the Coens are working on, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and A Serious Man.