"Jeff Bridges is in talks to star in Joel and Ethan Coen's remake of True Grit for Paramount Pictures. He last worked with the Coens on 1998's The Big Lebowski.
Bridges would play the role that won John Wayne an Oscar for the 1969 original.
The film, which also reunites the Coens with their No Country for Old Men producing partner Scott Rudin, has been redrafted by the brothers to be more faithful to the Charles Portis novel on which the original film was based.
The story centers on a 14-year-old who tags along with an aging U.S. marshal, Rooster Cogburn, and another lawman to track the outlaw who killed her father."
Huh. Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn? He's no replacement for John Wayne (like there could ever be) but I'm interested.
"The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, have gained an entirely new level of respect and appreciation as filmmakers over the last few years thanks to their Oscar-winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and last year's box office hit Burn After Reading. Having their names attached to a movie called True Grit has gotten a lot of interest because the 1969 John Wayne movie of the same name is a popular Western. In fact, the Coens have decided to go back to the Charles Portis novel of the same name to create their own movie based on it.
'We did see it as kids. I don't know if Joel's seen it since,' Ethan said once the movie was mentioned. 'It made very little impression on me, the movie. We subsequently both read the book and the book made a huge impression and I guess that's kind of why we're interested in doing the movie.'
'It's not a great movie but it is a great book actually,' his brother continued.
'It's not really a remake, it's an adaptation,' Ethan admitted to which Joel added, 'Yeah, we were trying to figure out what it was the other day, too. What do you call it?'
They're hoping that this project will be next although they're not sure and are hoping that it will get done in the spring.
Despite there having been word out of Toronto that Jeff Bridges aka "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski was the frontrunner for the John Wayne role in the new movie, the brothers remained coy about confirming that, merely saying, 'We're talking to somebody.'"