Coen Brothers’ Next is True Grit
March 23, 2009
Joel and Ethan Coen will next put their spin on True Grit, the iconic Western that won John Wayne an Oscar.
The Paramount film will be more faithful to the Charles Portis book than the 1969 pic, also distributed by Paramount.
Portis’ novel is 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.
But while the original film was a showcase for Wayne, the Coens’ version will tell the tale from the girl’s point of view.
The project reteams the brothers with Scott Rudin, their partner on the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men. The Coens wrote the screenplay.
The original starred Kim Darby as the teen, Wayne and Glen Campbell as the lawmen, Jeff Corey as the killer and featured Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper as fellow outlaws.