The Coen Brothers Will Never Make a Sequel to ‘The Big Lebowski’

The Big Lebowski
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Fans of “The Big Lebowski” have for years hoped that the Dude would find his way back to the big screen, but in a new interview with Variety, directors Joel and Ethan Coen definitively shot down the possibility of a sequel to the 1998 cult classic.

“Tara Reid likes to announce that just like [George] Clooney likes to announce ‘Hail, Caesar!,” Joel Coen said in this week’s Variety cover story, referencing how Clooney pushed them to write their latest script by telling the press that it was his next project. “In this case, I don’t think we’ll oblige.”

They also couldn’t envision a spin-off of John Turturro’s Jesus character, an idea that the actor had tried to float to reporters in the past.

“No,” Ethan said.

In fact, there’s only one story from their storied catalogue that could get a second installment. “We’re going to do a ‘Barton Fink’ sequel at some point,” Ethan explained, citing the 1991 Palme d’Or winner about a 1960s playwright who moves to Hollywood. “It’s going to be Turturro in Berkeley in the ’60s.”

Added Joel: “That’s the one movie that we thought deserved a sequel, called ‘Old Fink.’ But we don’t want to do it until Turturro is quite old. He’s getting there.”

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  1. patrik says:

    Jesus -best role(love)

  2. 85wzen says:

    Well yeah those guys are all just old and fat, I’m sure not one of them smokes grass any longer… best to just look back to better days… for such…

  3. Jim says:

    Glad to see someone in Hollywood is immune to this lazy, greedy epidemic of sequelitis. No need to tarnish the memory of a great film with a subpar sequel several years later.

  4. “citing the 1991 Palme d’Or winner about a 1960s playwright who moves to Hollywood. ‘It’s going to be Turturro in Berkeley in the ’60s.'”

    I thought there was some funky math here (how is a young 60’s playwright an old man still in the 60s?) but then realized it’s a typo. Barton Fink takes place in 1941. Anyway, 1991 is 25 years ago now so their proposed movie timeline would match up. Let’s get this thing made.

  5. zidders says:

    Good.

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