Coen BrothersI’ll admit it. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a John Wayne movie. At least not one that I remember. So when I heard the news that the Coen brothers (“No Country for Old Men”, “Burn After Reading”) were going to direct “True Grit” I had no idea it was a remake of a John Wayne film. Surprise!

Not a traditional remake, the Paramount film will be more faithful to the Charles Portis book than the 1969 pic, also distributed by Par.

Portis’ novel is about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father’s killer in hostile Indian territory.

But while the original film was a showcase for Wayne, the Coens’ version will tell the tale from the girl’s p.o.v.

Sounds like a good way to mix it up by having the story told from the child’s point of view. Considering the subject matter, hunting a murderer, I’d guess this film will be closer in style to “No Country” than “Burn After.” Now we’ll have to wait and see who is tapped to fill the role previously played by John Wayne. Could the Coens go back to Tommy Lee Jones again? He seems about the right age for the role.

Source: Variety

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