Along with their general excellence, the Coen Brothers are among the country’s most prolific major filmmakers, working at a movie-a-year pace that’s in step with Woody Allen. Even so, the projects are piling up even faster than they can turn them around. With their latest effort, A Serious Man, projected as a possible Cannes premiere in May, the Coens have decided to adapt True Grit next. The same Western won John Wayne an Oscar in 1969, but the Coens intend to stick closer to Charles Portis’ novel, which tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who enlists a U.S. Marshal and another lawman to help her track down her father’s killer in Indian territory. In making True Grit, the Coens are shelving two other literary adaptations they’ve had in various stages of development: Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and James Dickey’s To The White Sea. But hey, there’s always next year.
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