COEN COEN GONE!

More Joel and Ethan screen­plays the broth­ers haven’t shot

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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.

62 SKI­DOO

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”.

THE CONTEMPLATIONS

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”.

BLACK MONEY

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.

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