COEN COEN GONE!
More Joel and Ethan screenplays the brothers haven’t shot
TO THE WHITE SEA
This adaptation of James Dickey’s tale of an American air gunner’s survival in wartime Japan was set to go in 2002, with Brad Pitt. Budget issues led to the Coens bailing.
This mysterious Cold War comedy was to hopefully feature the actual Henry Kissinger. The title, as best as we can tell, is a reworking of the US slang “23 skidoo”, which translates to “get out while the going is good”.
An anthology of philosophical shorts, framed by an old man in a dusty library reading a book. O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn’t There and A Serious Man all began as Contemplations.
THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION Author Michael Chabon’s alt-history noir tracks a murder in Alaska, inventing a part-yiddish street slang. However, in 2012 Chabon stated that after expressing interest the brothers “seemed to move on”.
UNTITLED OPERA FILM
Promoting Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coens hinted they were cooking up a film set in the world of opera. “It has more traditional musical numbers,” said Joel, which didn’t necessarily mean it would be a musical.
THE SONS OF BEN COFFEE
Could the origin for their upcoming Netflix Western The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs be this project mentioned in 2007? It was, said Ethan, “kind of a contemplation of man’s passage on this Earth in the Old West”.
This adaptation of Ross Macdonald’s slick, violent, ’60s Californian noir was set up at Warner Bros. in 2015. Paul Newman previously played featured private eye Lew Archer as Lew Harper in Harper.