The vulgate was this: Joel Coen directed The Tragedy of Macbeth by himself.
Brother Ethan wanted to take a break from the cinema. The composer Carter Burwell , a loyal Coen, had also confirmed this last summer :
Ethan wrote and produced on his own, I know, but this is Joel’s first time directing on his own. Ethan just didn’t want to make movies anymore. Ethan seems very happy with what he’s doing, and I’m not sure what Joel will do after this. Plus they have a ton of scripts they wrote together piled up on a few shelves. I hope they will come back, maybe. I have read a few and they are fantastic. We’ve all reached an age where, I don’t know, we might as well retire. It’s a wonderfully unpredictable business.
But now comes a twist that seems to negate all of this: Ethan Coen will direct a film on his own for Focus Features and Working Title. Coen co-wrote the script with his wife Tricia Cooke . Coen and Cooke will produce alongside Working Title’s Robert Graf and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner .
What happened then? Did Ethan Coen change his mind and decide he was fed up with his indefinite hiatus? Or did the brothers decide that, after nearly forty years together, it was time to try different paths?
The plot of the movie
According to The Hollywood Reporter , filming will take place this summer. The film will be an action-comedy inspired by Russ Meyer ‘s cinema and centered, apparently, on a couple of gay women on the road. The star will be a party girl who travels from Philadelphia to Miami with a button-up friend. Along the way, they will encounter a rancorous ex, a severed head in a hatbox, a mysterious briefcase and an evil senator.
The project was originally developed by the Coens between Ladykillers and No Country for Old Men . Allison Anders was expected to direct it, while Selma Blair, Holly Hunter, Christina Applegate and Chloe Sevigny dealt with the lead roles. However, there is currently no name attached to the film.