Variety is reporting that Joel and Ethan Coen have found their follow-up to their wildly successful No Country for Old Men in the form of yet another Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s work as they set out to adapt Michael Chabon’s “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” of which they will write, direct and produce with Scott Rudin.
Columbia Pictures will distribute the film which sets up a contemporary scenario where Jewish settlers are about to be displaced by U.S. government’s plans to turn the frozen locale of Sitka, Alaska, over to Alaskan natives. Against this backdrop is a noir-style murder mystery in which a rogue cop investigates the killing of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy who might be the messiah.
Technically I guess this isn’t the follow-up to No Country as the brothers are heading next to A Serious Man for Focus Features, a dark comedy in the vein of Fargo, and have Burn After Reading coming out this year starring George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton.
If you were wondering about Chabon and if you have seen any of his other works adapted into films you may remember Wonder Boys, that was his.