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The Dude As The Duke?? THE BIG LEBOWSKI’s Jeff Bridges To Reteam With The Coens For TRUE GRIT??

Published at: Sept. 10, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! Jeff Bridges may slap on an eye patch to play Rooster Cogburn in the Coen Bros.’ remake of “True Grit.” Yes, the 1969 original is one of my favorite John Wayne pictures, and I’d probably hate the idea of a remake if I didn’t have so much faith in Joel and Ethan. Bridges, of course, played The Dude in the Coens’ “The Big Lebowski,” a film I enjoyed; not sure about anybody else. Based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis, “Grit” follows a bad-tempered U.S. marshal from 1873 Arkansas to Oklahoma Indian territory on a quest to track down the murderer of a teen girl’s dad. For the Glen Campbell role I nominate Jorge Garcia. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.
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  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Bam!

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Just got out of 9.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    The new Coen Brothers movie looks awesome.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    They showed the trailer for it before 9 (which was a little adult considering a lot of parents will be taking their kids to see 9, the trailer was adult I mean).

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Another remake

    by Player 1

    Surprise Surprise

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    A remake? Well, it worked when they did "The Ladykillers"

    by StarWarsRedux

    Oh wait, no it didn't.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    cool

    by IKICKASSFORTHELORD

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Does Jeff even know how to ride a horse?

    by Dkev00

    I don't recall ever seeing him in a western.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a really dark Western, or hell a Horror movie

    by SoylentMean

    The closest the Coen's have come to Horror would either be Barton Fink or Blood Simple.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Doesn't Rooster die in the book?

    by yomomma

    I'm excited.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    It's not a remake, retards...

    by The Mighty Molecule

    They're adapting the book, which i have a feeling probably existed before the john wayne original...

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Remakes!!

    by TheWrathOfSean

    Everybody must make remakes!!

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    David Spade: "Jeff Bridges is box office poison"

    by felwithe

    Spade was right, at the time; but since Iron Man, maybe Bridges has lost the curse. If anyone can do it, the Coens can.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Careful....

    by WickedChicken37

    John Wayne will rise from the dead and kill anyone who does a crappy remake of one of his classic movies.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Wild Bill rides again

    by MacReady452

    Bridges was awesome as Wild Bill. Everyone else around him ruined that movie. David Arquette was lame and Ellen Barkin was annoying as fusck as Calamity Jane. Bridges was great though. No way this sucks.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    You can say its based on the book all you want.

    by TheWrathOfSean

    But when you come down to it, the suits want name recognition.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Urkh...Onghhh....Gurgle...Gabble Gabble Gabble...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    The Coen's doing a remake of "True Grit"? With Mssr. Bridges as the Duke? <p>Now I enjoy getting blindsided as much as the next guy, but THAT I did not see coming. WTF? Please, Ellen Paige for the Kim Darby role. Please, Fucking Christ, PLEASE, Bruce Campbell for the Glen Campbell role.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I'm in, fuck John Wayne right in the eye patch...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'll watch Jeff Bridges in anything. I'll watch John Wayne in nothing.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I just had a messy moment in my pants. Excuse me.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    THIS CANNOT HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH. That is all.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Generally hate remakes, but...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I am ALWAYS up for a new western (wtf happened to the resurgence that was supposed to happen after Open Range and 3:10 to Yuma???) and I have complete faith in the Coens who seem to be on a hell of a roll...The Coens doing a western...bliss. I'd actually like to see Big Jake modernized like the Sons of Kate Elder for Four Brothers...Aging badass on a rampage with a posse to get his son back set in the present day...

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    "a film I enjoyed; not sure about anybody else."...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Herc, what planet have you been living on these past 11 years? 'Lebowski' has went on to spark its own fucking annual convention.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    David Spade said that?...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    well atleast Bridges didn't continue his career by asking people what was in their wallets. Fuck Spade, little prick had NOTHING when Farley died.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Homer Simpson said that better than me...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    "I feel like David Spade without Chris Farley: alone and useless."

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    obvioiusly you're not a golfer.

    by darwinmayflower

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Smokey, you are entering a world of pain.

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Shomer Shabbos!

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Remake HAMLET

    by AlienDragQueen

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Sarcasm right?

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    cheyne_stoking_DMS

    by Hercules

    right.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Remake HAMLET 2!

    by pinkfloyd2000

    Just saw H2 recently...thought it was supposed to be funny. It was...meh. It WOULD have been funny had they taken it MUCH further, but with very limited exceptions, the movie really played it safe, and as a result, wasn't either terribly funny, or edgy, or anything. Just kinda meh all around.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    It is amazing the "cult" that's popped up around Lebowski

    by SoylentMean

    I love the movie, don't get me wrong, it's just that all of a sudden it seems like people are just saying they like the movie because it's culturally popular. Where were these fuckheads when the movie hit theaters?<P> I'm just kidding by the way, relax.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Lebowski...

    by pinkfloyd2000

    Yeah Soylent, it is kinda funny...a lot of it is that Lebowski just wasn't all that appreciated when it first came out, and to be fair, a lot of people do say that it took them 2-3 times before they finally "got" it. The very first time I saw Lebowski, I was like WTF! I mean, I enjoyed it, and found it funny, but by the 3rd or 4th time I watched it, I absolutely loved it. Now, it is probably my favorite movie of all time, if nothing else because I can ALWAYS watch it again. It never gets old. Can't say that about many other movies.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    "Fill your hands you son-of-bitch"!

    by Skyway Moaters

    This is a bad idea. Are the Coens finally slipping? I didn't care for "The Lady Killers", the only remake in their catalog to date, but plenty of people (mostly folks who weren't familiar with the original featuring a darkly comic Alec Guiness I'll warrant) liked it plenty. <p> This 'remake disease' hasn't produced much of note so far ("The Day the Earth Stood Still" anyone?) and it seems to be spreading. Dark days ahead for cinema lovers if this epidemic continues I'll venture. <p> But if they must do it, Bridges is good casting IMO. And yes you contrarian wankers/Bridges haters, he can ride a horse. Look him up on IMDB, he grew up in a Hollywood family and has been in a couple of pretty good westerns over the course of his long career. This guy was top billing in major motion pictures years before most of you were born. <p> I wonder who they'll get for Ned Pepper, Robert Duvall was excellent in the original. <p> Shit, why "True Grit"? The original holds up far to well to offer much chance of a worth-while remake, even if it is the mighty Coen Bro's attempting it. Sign-O-the times I suppose. {:-(

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    A better Duke remake...?

    by pinkfloyd2000

    Rio Bravo? I dunno about this one. We'll see. I'm sure it'll be nothing else if entertaining.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Some jagoff trolling John Wayne...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Lol.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Why?

    by conspiracy

    I mean..True Grit is perfect as is...fuck..it is a John Wayne movie, anything they do will be colored, for better or worse, by the original. Isn't there something...ya know...original they could have done?</p><p> I love most of these guys movies...but..I just don't get this one.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Bitter that I called you out, Herc?...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Right.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    ZOMFG I HAET THIS FOR A NUMBER OF REAZONS LET ME TELL U!!1

    by dr sauch

    Seriously. Coens, Bridges, Western, what the fuck else could you possibly want?

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Finally, some cool news!

    by Blamerandymazzuca

    Thanks Herc. I always loved the original and then i read the book and was like "wow, thats a john wayne movie i actually wouldnt mind them re-doing.' and then the very next day, lo and behold, the coens announced they were doing it. then i was pretty disheartened when nothing came out of it and i thought it never would but finally! progress! this movie cant come soon enough. and i agree with the Ellen Page casting idea for Kim Darby's role. I hate Ellen Page but she'd fit the role perfectly.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    and rooster doesnt really die in the book...

    by Blamerandymazzuca

    ...well he kind of sort of does but not in the way youre thinking of. like he doesnt get killed off in the heat of battle or anything but theyre like 'years later, Rooster died.' just of normal old man causes

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    pinkfloyd2000, it is a movie you can watch anytime

    by SoylentMean

    and the appreciation for it just goes up. I just remember ordering a White Russian at a bar and my friends started laughing, thinking it was some kinda girly drink. I told 'em to fuck off and watch some fuckin' movies. <P> Do you know how many of my friends fuckin' drink White Russians now because I pointed them in the direction of awesomeness that is The Big Lebowski? <P> A lot. <P> Kahlua fuckin' owes me some goddamn money.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    good movie

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  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Not necessarily a "remake"

    by Sulla

    No one should even start thinking this is a remake of the John Wayne film. This will be the Coen's own adaptation based off the novel. Which means it will fuckin' rock. Btw True grit is my favorite John Wayne film. ;p

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    If it's a more faithful adaption...

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. of the book I wouldn't call it a re-make. I think that term should be reserved for the regurgitation of what once was original screenplay material. I'd pay to see a Cohen bros western.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    is this avatar?

    by maitlanr

    no it's not revolutionizing the way i watch my mopies? <p> do i know when dinner is?<p> not if it's not announced like a damn cavalry charge?<p> who taut jack to spit like rose? and rose like a man? THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN!!!!<p> eat her quim, eat her AVATAR! EAT YOUR EYEBALLLLLLLLLLSLLSLSSLLSSLSNOOOOWWWWWWW IS THE TIME OT LEARN TO CAMERON LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN PLEASE COME BACK TO CAMERON THIS IS ALL CAMERON AVATAR AND LEARNING!

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    the Dude abides

    by DrPain

    The Big Lebowski rocks. True Grit Coen bros style? What's not to love! Can't wait.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST

    cheyne_stoking_DMS

    by BadMrWonka

    I think Herc was being, you know, ironical?

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    "True Grit"...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... is everyones' favorite John Wayne movie Sulla. Well, not really, but it's up there. <p> "The Searchers" is one of the very best westerns ever made. So I guess you miss out Flickapoo.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    AVATAR

    by maitlanr

    Billy Zane<p> THREE D<p> SNIPER 2 D<p> the unsinkable molly brown's sweaty quim <p> yum yumyum

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Remake Rooster Cogburn, instead

    by Manatee

    That movie sucked balls. Except for Anthony Zerbe and his crazy eye, of course.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    can someone stop maitlanr

    by Blamerandymazzuca

    right now before he gets out of hand?

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    FILL YOUR HANDS!!!

    by akiraclass

    "Sure thing, man...got any Kahlua?"

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Somebody ought to make a law:

    by morganmorgan

    No filmmaker should ever be allowed at any time to remake any movie that featured Strother Martin. Amen.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Coen Remake

    by Minaton

    This could be interesting. We are not talking about a "hack" MTV director doing this. The Coen Brothers have pulled off some pretty interesting projects. It will depend on how faithful they will stick to the original story or will they venture off into the depraved. Imagine Roster building some strange device to "Fill your hands" in the closet?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Can't the Coen Brothers make a Superman film?

    by hallmitchell

    As suggested by Moriarty?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    John Goodman

    by swanstep

    was my choice for Rooster (esp. given his track record with the Coens)... but Bridges could be v.good too. I can't imagine how eagerly sought after/competitive all the other roles are going to be... career-making, -topping opportunities abound.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!

    by Zardoz

    Got it, Larry? Shomer fucking shabbos! Iron lungs, bowling balls and coffee can ash-cans for everyone!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Also John Carpenter remakes RIO BRAVO constantly

    by palimpsest

    ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE THING, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, GHOSTS OF MARS and so on...

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST

    I saw LEBOWSKI in the theaters, a packed auditorium and

    by YackBacker

    I was pretty much the only person laughing my ass off. A buddy of mine who was sitting with another group (who didn't know I was there to start) gets up at the end and yells out my name. I yelled back at him and asked how he knew I was there, to which he replied "I heard your dumb ass laughing the whole fucking time." I loved The Dude from the first moment we met. The girl I brought with me didn't get it at all. We broke up within the week.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST

    As for Bridges doing Rooster, this I like a lot

    by YackBacker

    I fully support this shit happening.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    THE BIG LEBOWSKI : LEGACY

    by Gorgomel

    I want the dude back!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I say Sweet....

    by The Dum Guy

    The last thing I saw Bridges in wasn't that good, except for him.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST

    one of my proudest moments

    by ian216a

    A guy from work coming in one morning and saying he watched a film last night and the lead character reminded him of me all the way through. <p> When he said it was The Dude I nearly kissed him.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by Davidia

    Who thinks John Wayne was a one note and boring actor, merely a product of his gung-ho time, and not nearly as engaging as other greats? All the dude does is glare as if he's on ludes, perform wooden script reading, and yell out stupid old-timey quips. Sounds like my grandfather after to many brandies.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Another Coens remake isn't neccessarily a bad idea

    by BenBraddock

    but I'd rather they do something original. Maybe they'll do the book justice though.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I'm down

    by krushjudgement

    I'll be there on opening day.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    It takes time for a film to form a cult

    by pokadoo

    "instant cult" films usually fade away quickly, while films like Lebowski get better with repetition, just like Withnail & I or This is Spinal Tap.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Davidia, you are not alone.

    by Dr Gregory House

    Also, John Wayne had a real problem with Clint Eastwood's westerns, especially "High Plains Drifter".

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Hey, this is a private residence, man....

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    The rug really tied the ranch together....

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Wayne was definately no thespian..

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. but he held his place as a kind of walking talking representation of America at the time. He also had the great benefit of working with some great directors and supporting casts. I thought he was mediocre at best in a lot of stuff but I also thought he rocked in "The Searchers" and "Rio Bravo"

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    cheyne_stoking_DMS

    by TheBoyFromUlster

    "Herc, what planet have you been living on these past 11 years? 'Lebowski' has went on to spark its own fucking annual convention"..That comment actually mage me laugh out loud at work and now I'm getting funny looks from everyone, lmao! Your irony levels obviously do not go up to 11.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    I'd rather an ORIGINAL western storyline....

    by Cervantes

    ....from these guys, considering how great the original version of this is.<P>I'm sure Bridges could be good, but Wayne was already perfect in this. Ah well, since the remake bandwagon continues to roll...I hope they make a decent one.<P>Gotta love the 'LIFE' magazine blurb at the start of the original trailer - http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3741254425/

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    One of my favourite John Wayne pictures?

    by Mr Gorilla

    Are you freaking mad? Have you seen STAGECOACH, RED RIVER, THE SEARCHERS, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE, FORT APACHE, RIO BRAVO, THE SHOOTIST...? Do you genuinely think TRUE GRIT is better than those movies? Fuck.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    I disagree - I think Wayne WAS a thespian

    by Mr Gorilla

    His presence in RED RIVER is extraordinary. As he slowly gets more and more determined, the sinister vibe he hits is so strong. And when he is offscreen in that passage towards the end, it's as if he is looming over everything. Not an easy feat to pull off. He makes me laugh in Rio Bravo. And he made me cry in The Searchers. Now, of course he wouldn't make a good KING LEAR, but neither would Cary Grant. These guys did their thing, and they did it brilliantly.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Serious Man trailer in front of 9

    by Anything But Tangerines

    A series of animated flicks and kids yarns followed by "this motion picture has been rated r by... blah blah" suddenly it's HEY KIDS! WHACK, WHACK, WHACK, gonna be just fine, WHACK WHACK WHACk, ggonna be just fine WHACK WHACK WHACK.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    No more remakes

    by Ruddy Heck

    I don't care if they're good or 'based on the book not the movie' just fuckin' come up with a new movie. Or even rip off a pre-existing movie and call it something else. But NO MORE REMAKES!!!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST

    This is one of those rare cases where it might actually work.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    I loved the book as a child and I saw the movie some 15 years after first reading it, when I was about 20 - and I remember how disappointed I was by its goofiness. The novel was, in fact, gritty. The film was little more than an often annoying frontier comedy. Will they have the, uh, grit to keep Cogburn's death and Mattie as the bitter woman with her arm cut off?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Grit does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I agree with the Gorilla. Wayne turned out far better performances and movies than TRUE GRIT.<p>TRUE GRIT had neither the authenticity of the Seventies westerns nor the action of the Nineties westerns. It was all a bit wooden and caricatured for my tastes.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Best Wayne westerns...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...Rio Bravo(Dean Martin rules in it) <p> The Man who Shot Liberty Valance(more a Jimmy Stewart movie but Wayne is great in it) <p> The Searchers <p> I like True Grit but that little girl annoys the shit out of me. "I will not put a thief in my mouth who steals my brains." Shut up bitch.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Now

    by The_Ad_Wizard_Who_Came_Up_With_This_One

    Now this is something i can get behind - REAL filmmakers remaking something. You can be sure that a Coen brothers remake will be a movie in itself and not just a cash in like all the other remakes (they are remaking Back to the Future with Shia as far as i heard). Go ahead Cohens, i can't wait.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Remake mania

    by KelseysNuts

    Hmm, what other films should be remade? The Godfather I and II, Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur (the 1950s version was itself a remake), Vertigo... in fact, lets just re-imagine all of those. There, that's better. Hollywood, are you listening? Oh, and while we're on the subject of remakes/sequels, I'm sure everybody is busting with joy over the green light for Hancock 2. Awww, hell yeah!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    I saw 'The Big Lebowski' six times at the cinema and...

    by workshed

    I'm looking at the quad on my wall right now. It's still their best (in a tie with Blood Simple).

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Glen Campbell for the Glen Campbell role

    by Blanket-Man

    Why not? The old drunken hillbilly could use the work. He could even do a killer remix of his theme song with JXL. Hire Dakota Fanning for the Darby role, and you've got a HIT, Coens!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Coens are best American Writer/Directors

    by frongbak

    Who else is in the conversation? Scorcese, Mann, Fincher, Speilberg, Cameron, anyone else?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Btw - John Wayne...

    by workshed

    My grandfather was a devout communist and completely put me off Wayne in my youth. Fortunately, for me, as I grew older I managed to put Wayne's political views aside and appreciate him for the quietly brilliant actor that he was, full of humanity, pathos and poignancy. I used to think Bogart, Cagney and Barrymore were the best but having seen at least 70% of his movies I'd say Wayne was right up there with them. Anyone who got as close to John Ford as Wayne did had to be dynamite.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And what Blanket-Man said. Glen Campbell back in the saddle again. He's man enough to drink dirty water from a hoofprint and be grateful for it.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Harrison Ford as Rooster

    by Dragon Man

    Perfect casting right there. Too bad.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Cast Robert Duvall as Rooster

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    He's just the right age, just the right "crotchetiness," and it's the exact kind of role that he plays now. Plus, it would be a badass "full circle" kind of deal since he was the original bad guy, Ned Pepper.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    SoylentMean & YackBacker

    by secretcylon

    I too saw Lebowski in the theaters and thought it was one of their best movies. Absolute genius. I remember when the movie was over, most of the people in the theater seemed very disappointed. The problem at the time was, i think, the "indie" film crowd was all swept up by Fargo and I think they where expecting something way more austere as a follow up. Instead they got White Russians, Autobahn, and The Jesus. I think Lebowski really needed time to settle in for a lot of people.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    You know...for kids!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I think that's a defensive wound, yah?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Jack Pumpkinhead

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    While you're technically correct, I, too, have read the book and seem to remember that, while Rooster is dead, it's 'cause it's the 20th century and a very, old Mattie is relating the story. I don't remember Rooster dying *in* the book, like, with a death scene. He's just dead when she recounts the story 50 years later. Yeah, I remember it bein' "grittier" when reading it (read: "more realistic") I attribute that mostly to the type of Western filmmaking that was done back then.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    secretcylon, good point re: FARGO

    by YackBacker

    People wanted another FARGO-type deal. And "Logjammin'" probably put off a lot of people now that I think of it. I fucking love that movie.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I'm on board

    by ByTor

    Love the Coens. And as for David Spade's comment...talk about the orange calling the non-orange-thing an orange. Spade is, was, and always will be a talentless hack.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Re: Eustisclay

    by KelseysNuts

    Winter Kills... really liked that film. Haven't seen it in years. I think the Coens should remake Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and cast Bridges in the role originally played by Eastwood.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Jeff Bridges can play anything

    by AsimovLives

    And he already had a very long career before playing The Dude.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Dkev00

    by AsimovLives

    You do not know much about Jeff Bridge's career, do you?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    "Where were these fuckheads when the movie hit theaters?"

    by mr.underwater

    Probably at home, because it barely hit theaters at all.<br><br>I was living in Pittsburgh at the time, not the biggest metropolitan area in the world, I know. Still, it has it's fair share of theaters in the metro area (art and otherwise.)<br><br>Yet, on the saturday after it opened, I had to drive 40 minutes to some bumfuck stripmall, because it was the on;y theater running it in a 100 mile radius.<br><br>Most "film geek" folks (the people who would be highly interested in a new Coen flick) didn't even know it came out.<br><br>Whoever release it fucked it WAY up. I'm glad it got a second chance on home video.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Better than "Miller's Crossing" workshed?

    by Skyway Moaters

    I put Miller's #1, "Blood Simple" #2, and Lebowski #3. And the rest of their catalog is pretty damn great as well, except for "The Lady Killers" (the only 'remake' so far coincidentally), which did not work at all IMO.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    So why is THIS remake a "remake"...

    by Dr Lizardo

    and every other remake is a "reboot"?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    STOP

    by thebastard

    Has everyone stopped dreaming up original material, not that I don't think the Coens will do a good job, but why does everyone have to do shit thats already been done before?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Simple Man looks really good....

    by TheWaqman

    and I've grown to like Burn After Reading now. It just went through me the first time, but I enjoyed it after rewatching the film. I'm up for this, even though I thought the original was fine as it was.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    We should all be pissed about Suspiria remake!!!

    by TheWaqman

    Now that is something to get the blood boiling.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    will Glen Campbell be in this?

    by Muki

    they should at least get him to contribute to the soundtrack

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I'm sure Roger Deakins will be DP

    by skimn

    so it'll look amazing. And Jeff Bridges as a fat, one-eyed, drunk, sonavabitch lawman? Glen Campbell was a hole in the screen in the original, and Kim Darby was fine, but give that role to someone who could go with it, like Saoirse Ronan. The original is loved because it seemed that John Wayne's career culminated with that role. It fit him like a dusty old glove, and was a great role as the western was on the wane.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    So yeah

    by skimn

    there's enough room for improvement for a Coen remake...

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Hardy fuckin' har...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Lebowski is life. LIFE.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    TheBoyfromUlster...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    I've been called on my shit from BadMrWonka. So hop off his cock, you fuckin' parrot.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    cheyne_stoking_DMS

    by AsimovLives

    We all have our nemesis here. Mine are all lame.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka's always got a hard-on for me.

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Sounds kinda gay

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    It's not bad in itself to have nemesis

    by AsimovLives

    What's fucking insulting is that my nemesis are all very fucking stupid, idiots, retards and lame. Why can't i get nemesis with class, wit and sophistication? My nemesis are no fun!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    The book is much better than the movie, and hilarious

    by Laserhead

    This should be totally brilliant. Wayne was wrong for Rooster Cogburn, even though people love him in the role.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    If it's based on the novel, it's not a remake -

    by strosmer

    it's another adaptation. I never saw the 1996 Psycho, but from what I hear, that was a verbatim remake of Hitchcock's film, and not a new adaptation of the novel.<p>According to good ol' Wiki - "The Coens plan to be truer to the Charles Portis book, focusing more on Mattie's point-of-view." So what we have here is indeed a new adaptation, or a re-adaptation as you may call it.<p>God, I love inventing pointless terminology.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Big Lebowski got me drinking white russians too

    by savagedave

    "I'll get you a toe....with nail polish"

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I agree w/ Noted_Sage Mr_Gorilla there.

    by Sal_Bando

    Wayne was a GREAT icon, and a damned fine actor. C'mon, what-you watch him in stuff like 'Red River' or 'Stagecoach' or 'The Cowboys' or 'the Searchers' or 'Rio Grande' or 'Island in the Sky' or even 'Angel and the Badman' and you're thinking 'Dahhhh dis guy SUX and gots no range?! Turn in your Roger Ebert badge and go back to watching your Bruce Campbell flicks. <p> Sheesh and if you don't like the Duke's 'range' or whatever, don't even THINK of bringing up, to name but a few-Cooper, Stewart, Eastwood, Bronson, Harrison Ford or Clark Gable. He was the same as those guys, in fact I'd say their Equal and BETTER. <p> You're getting ability confused w/ versatility. Not the same thing. <p> Pacino-Versatile. Pacino got a BIG FAT ASS-well okay, his range has devolved of late. But you know what I mean. <p> CGI Duke Wayne rocks. <p> I think this will be OK, Bridges is a fine actor, but-well, whatever.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Don't get Big Lebowski at all.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Can someone explain the appeal?

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I would have...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...mounted an impassioned defense of John Wayne, but it's too late in the talkback and many others have already done so. I would have pointed out that True Grit isn't even in the top five John Wayne movies but that has already been well covered. I would have said that my favorite Coen Brothers movies was Miller's Crossing, but that's already been done. How about this? In The Contender Jeff Bridges became Bill Clinton. He just became him, though the President he was playing wasn't Bill Clinton by name. And he delivers, in this good but not great film, one of the single greatest line deliveries in cinematic history. There ain't shit Jeff Bridges can't play.

  • Sept. 12, 2009, 1:43 a.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg

    by MacReady452

    The thing people don't get right away(and the reason it requires repeated viewings)is that it is a noir detective story veiled in a post hippie drug theme. Not until the end does it all get tied together and until the end it seems very disjointed. There are some tangents that just add to the confusion and fun. Quoteable from begining to end.

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