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10.26.2009

It's almost weird to think that Matt Damon, for all the work he's done, has never worked with the Coen brothers. But his time has finally come. Damon and Josh Brolin have signed on to co-star with Jeff Bridges in the upcoming Coen remake of TRUE GRIT. Just as interesting is word that Steven Spielberg is producing the film alongside the Coens.

Damon will play the part of La Boeuf, the lawman who's helping Marshall Rooster Cogburn track down the killer of a 14-year-old girl's father (and yes, his name really is La Beouf, at least in the original). Brolin will play the killer, on the run from the law. Production is set to begin on GRIT in March with Paramount releasing later that year for Oscar consideration. I know it seems early but we've already got ourselves one of the must-see movies of 2010...

Extra Tidbit: Damon almost worked with the Coens on OCEAN'S 11 as they were originally attached to star as the Malloy brothers.
Source: Variety

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4:06AM on 10/28/2009
love the coens, love the actors but why does anyone think a true grit remake is any better an idea than say i dunno, a psycho remake. i know that complaint is overkill at this point, remakes are ubiquitous, but the coens doing a remake? sigh.
love the coens, love the actors but why does anyone think a true grit remake is any better an idea than say i dunno, a psycho remake. i know that complaint is overkill at this point, remakes are ubiquitous, but the coens doing a remake? sigh.
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6:20PM on 10/27/2009
I dont know about that extra tidbit, Ive tried doing some reasearch and couldnt find anything about it ... but I would have liked to see that.

The Coens have been my favorite filmmakers for ever and this sounds pretty awesome.
I dont know about that extra tidbit, Ive tried doing some reasearch and couldnt find anything about it ... but I would have liked to see that.

The Coens have been my favorite filmmakers for ever and this sounds pretty awesome.
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1:40AM on 10/27/2009

Finally!

Love this.

Can't freaking wait.
Love this.

Can't freaking wait.
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11:12PM on 10/26/2009
Makes sense, it seems he's one of the few Sdoerbergians who hasn't found his way into a Coen movie by now (I know there's oodles more, but still). More interesting, I think, is that Spielberg is producing. Now I've long thought the Coen brothers to be just about the best filmmakers in Hollywood (with a few exceptions), but while Spielberg has stuck his name on a lot of surprising movies, I never felt these guys needed the blessing of such a heavyweight. Not saying it's good or bad, but I'm
Makes sense, it seems he's one of the few Sdoerbergians who hasn't found his way into a Coen movie by now (I know there's oodles more, but still). More interesting, I think, is that Spielberg is producing. Now I've long thought the Coen brothers to be just about the best filmmakers in Hollywood (with a few exceptions), but while Spielberg has stuck his name on a lot of surprising movies, I never felt these guys needed the blessing of such a heavyweight. Not saying it's good or bad, but I'm still wondering what Spielberg's thing with remakes of classics is.
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11:12PM on 10/26/2009
Makes sense, it seems he's one of the few Sdoerbergians who hasn't found his way into a Coen movie by now (I know there's oodles more, but still). More interesting, I think, is that Spielberg is producing. Now I've long thought the Coen brothers to be just about the best filmmakers in Hollywood (with a few exceptions), but while Spielberg has stuck his name on a lot of surprising movies, I never felt these guys needed the blessing of such a heavyweight. Not saying it's good or bad, but I'm
Makes sense, it seems he's one of the few Sdoerbergians who hasn't found his way into a Coen movie by now (I know there's oodles more, but still). More interesting, I think, is that Spielberg is producing. Now I've long thought the Coen brothers to be just about the best filmmakers in Hollywood (with a few exceptions), but while Spielberg has stuck his name on a lot of surprising movies, I never felt these guys needed the blessing of such a heavyweight. Not saying it's good or bad, but I'm still wondering what Spielberg's thing with remakes of classics is.
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8:02PM on 10/26/2009

WOW

Can't believe the talent involved in this. Most anticipated movie of 2010 for me, easy.
Can't believe the talent involved in this. Most anticipated movie of 2010 for me, easy.
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6:03PM on 10/26/2009

Rooster mother

fucking Cogburn
fucking Cogburn
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5:56PM on 10/26/2009
This is going to be absolutely awesome. The Coens + Speilberg + Bridges + Damon + Brolin = FUCK YES.
This is going to be absolutely awesome. The Coens + Speilberg + Bridges + Damon + Brolin = FUCK YES.
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5:32PM on 10/26/2009
Just to echo Frosty 86, I was excited about this project, but now I cannot wait. Damon + Bridges + Brolin + Coens = one adult for TRUE GRIT, please! This is sort of like Nicholson finally working with Scorsese or Rickman with Burton: an actor/director teamup that makes so much sense and yet it's only happening now.

BTW, that extra tidbit caught me off-guard, but it makes sense when I think about it. Not sure if I can see either Coen being an actor, as both seem way too shy.
Just to echo Frosty 86, I was excited about this project, but now I cannot wait. Damon + Bridges + Brolin + Coens = one adult for TRUE GRIT, please! This is sort of like Nicholson finally working with Scorsese or Rickman with Burton: an actor/director teamup that makes so much sense and yet it's only happening now.

BTW, that extra tidbit caught me off-guard, but it makes sense when I think about it. Not sure if I can see either Coen being an actor, as both seem way too shy.
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5:32PM on 10/26/2009
Fuck....YES.
Fuck....YES.
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5:23PM on 10/26/2009
I was already excited about this movie, the Coens doing a Western had me sold but Damon, Brolin, and Bridges starring in it makes my anticipation level reach an all time high for this movie.
I was already excited about this movie, the Coens doing a Western had me sold but Damon, Brolin, and Bridges starring in it makes my anticipation level reach an all time high for this movie.
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5:15PM on 10/26/2009
How awesome does this sound? Damon certainly is Coen material, and them teaming back with Brolin and Bridges, gotta be good!
How awesome does this sound? Damon certainly is Coen material, and them teaming back with Brolin and Bridges, gotta be good!
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4:48PM on 10/26/2009

This is all-around awesome already

But going back to that extra tidbit- holy shit, really? Really?
But going back to that extra tidbit- holy shit, really? Really?
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4:46PM on 10/26/2009
Matt Damon and the Coen Brothers thats like a match made in heaven.
Matt Damon and the Coen Brothers thats like a match made in heaven.
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4:33PM on 10/26/2009
Great cast!
Great cast!
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4:27PM on 10/26/2009

Book

I just read the book and if the Coens really want to be faithful to it than the actress they cast as Mattie Ross is going to have to be able to out act Bridges, Brolin, and Damon. They're making it hard on themselves.
I just read the book and if the Coens really want to be faithful to it than the actress they cast as Mattie Ross is going to have to be able to out act Bridges, Brolin, and Damon. They're making it hard on themselves.
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4:21PM on 10/26/2009

wow

a real western by the Coens?! with Bridges, Damon and Brolin?! far out.
a real western by the Coens?! with Bridges, Damon and Brolin?! far out.
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