Variety has reported that Jeff Bridges is in talks with Paramount to star in the Coen brothers’ remake of the 1969 classic John Wayne movie, “True Grit.”
The announcement came at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Bridges was promoting his new film, “The Men Who Stare At Goats.”
The movie would mark a re-teaming of Bridges (who played “The Dude” in “The Big Lebowski” movie for Joel and Ethan Coen, that film’s writer-directors). The Coens also would re-team with “No Country for Old Men” producer Scott Rudin.
As you may recall, John Wayne received his only Oscar for playing the old, irascible Marshal “Rooster” Cogburn, with the movie told from his character’s point of view. According to the report, the remake would go back to the original source, Charles Portis’ novel, and tell the story from the point of view of the young girl who hires the marshal.
If this sounds good to you, hold on to your horses because Collider.com has released a new interview with the Coen brothers and it seems the “remake” reports may have been released prematurely.
One of the brothers told Collider.com, “We don’t have a go ahead on this movie. We don’t have a cast –- or the rest of it. Hopefully, it’ll happen. It’s just in the talking stages right now.”
It seems like a good western is long overdue to hit the screens. Let’s hope this movie develops strong legs.
“True Grit” is in the early development stage with no release date.