The Greatest Movie Duo Ever Reuniting

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Ethan Coen says he is working on a new project with his brother Joel. The filmmaker made the revelation while promoting his directorial debut, Drive-Away Dolls. When the conversation drifted to new ventures, Ethan confirmed that the siblings, known collectively as the Coen brothers, are “working on writing something” together.

The Coen Brothers’ First Movie Released In 1984

Few filmmaking duos have made as big of an impact on the entertainment industry as the Coen brothers. Ethan and Joel burst onto the scene with their debut feature, Blood Simple, in 1984. The neo-noir crime thriller showcased their distinctive storytelling and directorial prowess. The film set the stage for a career filled with projects featuring dark humor and unforgettable characters.

Award-Winning Movies

The Coen brothers’ impact on Hollywood was solidified with a string of critical and commercial successes. Fargo in 1996 brought them their first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and their 2007 masterpiece No Country for Old Men swept the Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem’s performance as Anton Chigurh.

Throughout their career, the Coen brothers forged lasting relationships with key industry figures. Cinematographer Roger Deakins became an integral part of their creative process, contributing to the visually stunning aesthetics of their films. Actress Frances McDormand, Joel Coen’s wife, delivered memorable performances in several of their projects.

Their Last Release Was In 2018

The last project the Coen brothers collaborated on was the 2018 Western anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Since then, the siblings embarked on solo endeavors, with Joel helming the well-received Shakespearean drama The Tragedy of Macbeth in 2021. Meanwhile, Ethan Coen directed the 2022 documentary Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind.

Why The Coen Brothers Split

Black Comedy

While promoting the Trouble in Mind documentary, Ethan discussed the Coen brothers’ perceived split. He explained that “nothing dramatic” had happened, but the pair just became burned out over time. “The first movie is just loads of fun. And then the second movie is loads of fun, almost as much fun as the first. And after 30 years, not that it’s no fun, but it’s more of a job than it had been,” Ethan said.

Fortunately, splitting for a while was the right choice, as the Coen brothers are ready to make more movies together. “Going our own separate ways sounds like it suggests it might be final. But none of this stuff happened definitively. None of the decisions are definitive. We might make another movie,” Ethan continued about the split.

Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls

Away from the Coen brothers’ upcoming project, Ethan is preparing to release Drive-Away Dolls. Billed as a comedy road film, Coen co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Tricia Cooke. The movie boasts a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Bill Camp, and Matt Damon.Drive-Away Dolls is produced by Coen, Cooke, Robert Graf, and the Working Title Films duo, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The story follows Jamie (Margaret Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit struggling with the aftermath of another breakup, and her reserved friend, Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan), who yearns for a more carefree existence. Seeking a fresh start, the pair decides to travel to Tallahassee.However, their plans take an unexpected turn as they encounter a group of bumbling criminals during their journey. Although it’s not a Coen brothers’ film, the ensuing chaos promises to deliver a humorous and entertaining escapade for audiences. The highly anticipated movie, with an expected run-time of 84 minutes, is scheduled to hit theaters on February 23.Source: Empire