Friday, March 12, 2010

True Grit Remake Getting Lensed Next Month, Cones Are Gonna Grab Some Gold Again Son

What's that you say? Bridges, Damon, Brolin, and the Coen bros? All in the same film? It's a remake of the acclaimed western film and John Wayne's Oscar winning performance? Like whoa son...

True Grit, the 1969 original film, is being remade by the Cones (No Country For Old Men, Fargo, A Serious Man) and shooting some time this month in New Mexico. 

It seems that the remake I've heard rumblings about for a little while now has taken shape and really taken off.
With them rounding out the cast as of late with Barry Pepper coming on board as the sidekick villain "Lucky" Ned Pepper to Brolin's villainous lead as Tom Chaney. Peppers role was once filled by Robert Duvall himself, let's see how his reinterprets such big shoes. Looks like Brolin's been on some kinda baddie kick, '07 saw him as an asshole detective in American Gangster, '08 his Oscar nodded turn in Milk, and now he's got this and Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2 coming out later this year as we see him a sketchy Hedge Fund dude.

The story for Grit, based off the novel by Charles Portis, is as follows:
Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), a fourteen year old girl, undertakes a quest to avenge her father’s death at the hands of a drifter named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Ross persuades an overweight, alcoholic marshal named Rooster Cogburn(John Wayne/Jeff Bridges) to join her in tracking down Chaney.

Sounds good enough to me, even more so that the Coens are about as sure thing as you get these days, and that's saying something with all the crap that gets the green light around town. Damon will be the side kick to Roosters lawman and add some panache to the cast and film itself. He might need the pick-me-up after the doesn't-look-so-hot The Green Zone helmed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum) coming out today.

True Grit makes the bow on Christmas Day no less... Can you say Merry-Christmas-family-movie three times fast?

Let's see how many ceremonies this film sweeps next season. 
I'll be sure and keep you posted on all the news and production stills they release along the way.
Munki Out. 

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