New 'True Grit' Thankfully Not 'True Grittier'-Style Sequel

March 23, 2009


A remake of True Grit, the John Wayne-starring western that earned the actor an Oscar? That sounds like an idea made by fools! But what if I told you that these "fools," as you so callously regarded them, are the Coen Brothers, and they're planning on writing and directing a version of the film that will more closely reflect the original novel? You'd be thinking this "no way" is becoming an "ok, way":

Not a traditional remake, the Paramount film will be more faithful to the Charles Portis book than the 1969 pic, also distributed by Par.

Portis' novel is about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father's killer in hostile Indian territory.

But while the original film was a showcase for Wayne, the Coens' version will tell the tale from the girl's p.o.v.

How will any actor exude as much genuine grit as John Wayne? Those Coen boys have a chore ahead of them in the casting department. And the grit department.

Coen brothers to adapt 'True Grit' [Variety]

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