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The Coen Brothers Don't Like Sequels, Put Kibosh On Long Rumored 'The Big Lebowski' Followup

The Playlist By Jason McDonald | The Playlist May 24, 2013 at 12:29PM

If you thought there was a chance you might see Jeff Bridges don his iconic bathrobe one more time we’ve got some troubling news for you. Joel and Ethan Coen are attending the Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the duo sat down to answer questions at a press event.
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The Big Lebowski

If you thought there was a chance you might see Jeff Bridges don his iconic bathrobe one more time we’ve got some troubling news for you. Joel and Ethan Coen are attending the Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the duo sat down to answer questions at a press event.

Inevitably the conversation turned to their cult classic “The Big Lebowski” and whether or not they would want to take on a sequel.  Over the years actors, John Turturro has been leading the charge in making a sequel, one that would center on his character, Jesus Quintanta. Although he's only in 'Lebowski' for a couple of scenes, he's a fan favorite, and he's been pitching the Coens on a followup, and has spoken to the press about it too (read all about it in our feature 5 Things You Might Not Know About The Coens' Cult Classic "The Big Lebowski.") However, the crucial element to a successful sequel would surely be the inclusion of the masterminds behind the film.

Sadly, it turns out that the brothers are not interested in the idea. “John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his (bowler) character Jesus,” Ethan Coen told the Toronto Star. “He even has the story worked out, which he’s pitched to us a few times, but I can’t really remember it...No, I don’t see it in our future.”

Joel Cohen even went so far as to flat out say that, “I don’t think it’s going to happen…I just don’t like sequels.” 

And that will be the final word on a Jesus Quintana movie it seems, but no matter what, the Dude will abide.

This article is related to: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski, John Turturro


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