Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big  Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Will The Coen Brothers Actually Tackle The Horror Genre?

The Playlist By Aaron Fowler | The Playlist February 9, 2011 at 11:58AM

Probably Not. Ethan Coen Also Talks 'Barton Fink' Sequel & 'Gambit' Writing GigThe crazy and kooky Ethan and Joel Coen have dabbled in nearly every genre...except maybe horror. Sure, they've gotten their feet wet with elements of it in their debut "Blood Simple" not to mention shades in "Fargo" and lets not forget good old Anton Chigurh in "No Country For Old Men" -- but nothing has come no where near a straight-on horror flick. Well, it seems like their take on the genre may not be far off or is it?
3

Probably Not. Ethan Coen Also Talks 'Barton Fink' Sequel & 'Gambit' Writing Gig



The crazy and kooky Ethan and Joel Coen have dabbled in nearly every genre...except maybe horror. Sure, they've gotten their feet wet with elements of it in their debut "Blood Simple" not to mention shades in "Fargo" and lets not forget good old Anton Chigurh in "No Country For Old Men" -- but nothing has come no where near a straight-on horror flick. Well, it seems like their take on the genre may not be far off or is it?

In a recent online chat with Empire, the very sarcastic Ethan Coen dropped a possible bombshell. “Funny you should ask. Yes, we're working on a couple of scripts now; one of which it would be fair to call a full-on horror movie. Frances McDormand is the monster.” That last part is obviously the tip-off that this is all a joke. Or is it and that last part is just the wry cherry on top to throw people off? The Coens are known for their impenetrable mien in person and it would be just like them (or Ethan) to simply fuck with audiences in an online chat. And granted the brothers mention that they really don't know what they are doing next and that they are working on a handful of screenplays, but the thought of a Coen style horror flick just seems ripe for the picking and definitely something we haven't seen from the Oscar-winning pair.

Frankly, the chances that this isn't sahara-dry sarcasm is slim, but the chat also confirmed straight from the horse's mouth that "Gambit" was just simply a writing gig and seems to be well on its way to getting made, but not with Ethan or Joel involved. As mentioned last month, their adaptation of "To The White Sea" is also all but dead and buried. Wishful thinkers may as well also cross off a proposed "Barton Fink" sequel entitled "Old Fink" as the Coens do not believe that John Turturro is old enough and that “the whole thing may be more a thought experiment than a movie.”

So while you may want to take the news with a grain of salt, regardless, a horror film from the eccentric duo would be one hell of an intriguing new step for the filmmakers. Now if they only weren't just messing with us...

This article is related to: Coen Brothers


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates