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Ethan Coen Says He’s Reuniting With His Brother Joel For An Upcoming Project

When Joel and Ethan Coen announced that they would spend an indefinite time to pursue solo careers, some of the cinefiles are very disappointed, particularly they have been proving their status as the duo from their debut film, “Blood Simple” in 1984 to 2018’s Western anthology, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

But we quickly realized that they made a wise choice, Joel tackled “The Tragedy of Macbeth” starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in 2021, one of the most concise and visually engaging film that I’ve seen. As for Ethan Coen’s “Drive-Away Dolls,”  it it won’t arrive in theaters until September 22, 2023, but the trailer looks very promising. 

But it’s been more than 5 years without a full-on Coen Brothers movie. So naturally, we can’t help but demanding more expectation from two of our greatest living filmmakers.

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And so it is exciting to learn that the Coen Bros are preparing to reunite.

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As revealed in the current issue of Empire Magazine, Ethan Coen said that he’s already working with Joel Coen on developing a new script. He also noted he very much hasn’t “gone solo” as his wife Tricia Cooke not only co-wrote the script for “Drive-Away Dolls” but also co-directed the film with him. 

Unfortunately, Ethan was tight-lipped about what the new film may be, but the Coens have a vast handful of unrealized projects they could mine from, Coen Bros. fans, speculate away on what the filmmaking duo will do together for their reunion film. The pair have plenty of unmade projects over their nearly four-decade-long career together, including adaptations of Ross Macdonald’s crime mystery novels The Zebra-Striped Hearse and Black Money, Michael Chabon’s detective novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, James Dickey’s WWII thriller To the White Sea, plus a dark web film about Silk Road, a “Barton Fink” sequel, and more.
Who knows, maybe they have something new up their sleeves? 

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Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of while continuing his work for Japan.


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