Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Brothers Coen Meet Chabon

A project to get excited about, down the road: The Coen brothers have begun adapting Michael Chabon's amazing noir-ish Jewish sci-fi crime tale The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

IMO, the book was one of last year's finest literary novels, powered by a strange but compelling story and marked by the author's characteristically brilliant wordplay. I reviewed it for the St. Petersburg Times.

Here's the news, as included in a report in Variety:

The Coens are not resting on their laurels. In the can for Working Title is the dark spy spoof "Burn After Reading" co-starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The '70s drama "A Serious Man" starts filming in April in Minnesota. Frances McDormand stars with a local cast. And the Coens are already writing another adaptation for Rudin, Michael Chabon's Alaska-set alternate history, "The Yiddish Policemen's Union."

Other reports on the adaptation of the Chabon novel appeared in Paste, Entertainment Weekly, and, earlier, in Variety.

As Variety reports, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is the third Chabon novel being brought to the screen by No Country for Old Men producer Scott Rudin. He previously produced Curtis Hanson's terrific adaptation of Wonder Boys, and is working with Chabon on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

(More connect-the-dots fun: Frances McDormand, who was in the Wonder Boys cast, is married to Joel Coen)

Great minds think alike, huh?

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