A new story out of London’s Daily Mail reports Joel and Ethan Coen are set to retell the story of True Grit, the 1969 western that earned John Wayne his only Oscar win. However, the Coens won’t be working from Wayne’s feature as they intend to go back to Charles Portis’s 1968 novel, which has a spinster recalling that, when she was 14, she set off from her family’s 480-acre Arkansas farm to avenge her father’s murder.
“The book recounts the girl’s story,” Joel told the Daily Mail. “In the John Wayne film, she was played older. We want her to be her real age – it’s her story!”
Don’t get too excited though as it appears the Coens won’t begin work on the feature for two or three years as they are currently working on A Serious Man for Focus Features due in theaters on October 2 and will follow that up with The Yiddish Policemen’s Union based on Michael Chabon’s book.
Scott Rudin who worked with the Coens on No Country for Old Men will be producing both the True Grit feature as well as Yiddish Policemen.