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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?
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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...

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