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Coen Brothers Ready to Resume Their Collaboration

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Though the Coen Brothers(Joel and Ethan) decided to go their separate ways five years ago, the duo are reportedly about to collaborate on a new project.

According to an article in Empire, Ethan confirmed that he and Joel are “working on writing something” new. The two brothers had earlier worked on eighteen films together as writers, editors, producers, and directors, a list that includes The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading, Inside Llewyn Davis, O Brother Where Art Thou?, A Serious Man, and True Grit. The last time they did a film together was in 2016, when they made Hail, Caesar!, a tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. The pair have received numerous Oscar nominations but won statuettes only for Fargo and No Country for Old Men.

In the Empire article, Ethan Coen and his wife Tricia Cooke also talked about their recently completed Drive-Away Dolls, which they co-wrote and which Ethan directed. The film stars Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan and recounts the adventures of two lesbians who tangle with a bunch of crooks while on a motor trip to Florida. Also starring in the film, which debuts on February 23, are Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Bill Camp, Joey Slotnick, and Matt Damon. Ethan and Tricia revealed that they plan do follow this up with another movie, which they describe as “a more serious lesbian detective story.”
 
In an earlier interview with The AP, Ethan had talked about their lifelong collaboration by saying: “You start out when you’re a kid and you want to make a movie. Everything’s enthusiasm and gung-ho, let’s go make a movie. And the first movie is just loads of fun. And then the second movie is loads of fun, almost as much as the first. And after 30 years, not that it’s no fun, but it’s more of a job than it had been…It was the experience of making a movie. More of a grind and less fun.”

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Edward Moran
Edward Moranhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.

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