The Coens Next Film To Be Based On Folk Singer Dave Van Ronk?

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-06-25 12:38:58discussion comments
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If there's only one reason why the 2011 movie year ends up being worse than the 2010 movie year, it's because there is no Coen brothers movie coming out in the next six months. Since 2007, the directing duo has released one feature film per year, and those projects have earned a total of 20 Oscar nominations and four wins, including Best Picture for No Country For Old Men. The last time the brothers took some time off it was after The Ladykillers in 2004, and they were absent from the film scene for three years. Hopefully this break won't end up being as long, particularly because it seems as though they've found the subject of their next movie.

The LA Times has learned from an unidentified source that the Coens are now planning a project loosely based on the work of Dave Van Ronk, the New York-based singer who was a figurehead in the coffeehouse folk culture of the 1960s. In addition to music, Van Ronk was also a political activist and under his movement artists like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Joni Mitchell were discovered. After the artist died in 2002 at the age of 66, a memoir was released titled "The Mayor of MacDougal Street" and the paper says that the Coens will be "drawing in part from material in the book." Giving credence to the story, it was previously reported by The Playlist that the Coens would be working on a "music-based film," and it would seem that this fits the bill. Speaking on a stage with director Noah Baumbach at the opening of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Joel Coen said the songs heard in the movie will be performed live with single instruments.

The last time that the Coen brothers made a music-heavy film the result was O Brother Where Art Thou?, and I don't think I need to explain why it would be amazing to see the directing duo dive back into that territory. Now all they need to do is reunite with John Goodman and Steve Buscemi and it could end up being their best project yet.
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