Almost 40 years after it won John Wayne his first and only Oscar, Joel and Ethan Coen are preparing to remake the iconic Western “True Grit.” Variety reports the acclaimed duo plan on making their adaptation more faithful to the Charles Portis book it was based on.
The original 1968 novel centered on a 14-year-old girl who enters Indian territory with a U.S. marshal and another lawman to track her father’s killer. The first “Grit” was also focused primarily on Wayne’s character, but the Coen’s intended to return the film’s p.o.v. to that of the young heroine.
The project will reunite the Coens with Scott Rudin, their producer on “No Country for Old Men.” The trio were planning on making “The Yiddish Poiceman’s Union” at Columbia first, but the “Grit” remake will now take precedence.
The Coens just finished an original comedy, “A Serious Man,” for Focus Features and Working Title. It’s scheduled for a Oct. 2 release.