This Michael Fleming Variety story about Joel and Ethan Coen intending to direct their own version of True Grit (i.e., adapt the original Charles Portis book rather than remake the 1969 John Wayne film) is…whatever. Fleming mentions towards the end, however, that the Coens have “just completed” A Serious Man, which Focus Features will release in early October.
If Man is done why not take it to Cannes then? It’s late March, there’s plenty of time to put things in order…why not? Earlier this month the Coens told an esteemed director who happened to run into them that Cannes is not on their schedule Why? What would the downside be if they showed it there? A Serious Man is a starless, low-key exercise that’ll need all the hey-hey it can get.