Today, in a live web-chat on www.empireonline.com
, Ethan Coen (one half of the revered Coen Brothers duo, who have directed such films as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and Best Picture 2008 No Country for Old Men) announced that a sequel to their recently released Oscar-nominated picture True Grit is currently in the pipeline.
The film will be a direct remake of the sequel to the original True Grit (1969), which was titled Rooster Cogburn (1975). As of yet, it has not been announced which members of the cast will be returning, though it is worth noting only the character of Rooster (John Wayne/Jeff Bridges) was in both original films. The lead actress in the film was Katherine Hepburn, who played Eula Goodnight, Coen stated that they had identified Cate Blanchett (Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) for this part, and that currently they were negotiating with her people.
While a release date is a long way from being even speculated on, it is worth noting that the Coen Brothers have several other projects currently on the go, including a remake of the 1966 crime thriller Gambit, which starred Michael Caine, Colin Firth has been cast in the lead role.