After his brother, Ethan Coen will also direct his next film alone. The filmmaker will indeed direct a new feature film, which has no title yet and which he wrote with four hands with his wife Tricia Cooke.
The Coen brothers are splitting up?
Difficult to separate Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. The two brothers have made most of their films as a duo, but recently their path seems to have separated. Joel Coen, born in 1954, and Ethan Coen, born in 1957, have always worked together. Joel Coen is usually credited with directing and Ethan Coen with producing, while screenplays are written jointly. Since Ladykillers in 2004, the two brothers decided to credit each other with the production. During his long career, the duo has staged totally cult films like Arizona Junior, Burn After Reading, or Inside Llewyn Davis and has won the Best Picture Oscar with No Country for Old Men.
But things have recently changed. Joel Coen has indeed decided to leave on his side to stage The Tragedy of Macbeth with Denzel Washington and his wife Frances McDormand on camera. He writes the screenplay and directs his feature film alone without the presence of his brother and lifelong sidekick.
Ethan Coen also goes solo
Difficult to know if the two brothers are angry or if they are simply looking for new sensations, but Ethan Coen decided to follow in his big brother’s footsteps, by making a solo film himself. Indeed, the latter has teamed up with Working Title to produce his next feature film, for which he wrote the screenplay with his wife Tricia Cooke. At present, the title of the project is still kept secret, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the feature film should be a lesbian road trip that the couple originally envisioned in the mid-2000s.
Still, according to the American media, the story centers on a party girl who takes a trip to Philadelphia in the company of her friend who is a bit uptight and shy. Along the way, they roam the bars and multiply the adventures, marked for example by the arrival of a bitter ex-girlfriend, the discovery of a mysterious briefcase, or the meeting with an evil senator. This project almost came to fruition in 2007. At the time, Ethan Coen reportedly served as producer, and several actresses like Selma Blair, Holly Hunter, Christina Applegate, and Chloë Sevigny were approached to star in the film. Obviously, Ethan Coen is ready to take the plunge and carry out this mysterious project himself, and so, start his solo career at 64.