Coen's remake John Wayne's True Grit
It's hard to believe but the classic True Grit with John Wayne is going to be remade. However those that hate remakes might just have a little bit of interest in this as the remake will come from the Coen Brothers.
Joel and Ethan Coen are planning on following the traditional, "not really a remake route" by going back to the source material, the novel from which the original film was adapted.
Charles Portis wrote the book (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) that True Grit was based on. It told the story of a fourteen year old girl, an ageing U.S. Marshall and another law man who track down her father's killer in Indian territory that is considered to be hostile to the white man. John Wayne played the classic character of Marshall Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn that really became his own and was to be seen from a few times after this appearance.
According to Variety through Coming Soon, here are going to be changes as they return to the original source. While the film was really about Wayne's character, the novel and the new film will tell the story from the girl's point of view.
The idea that they are remaking a classic Wayne western is rather disappointing, but then if they could take the magic of the first half of No Country for Old Men (Filmstalker review) and give that to the original source text of the novel they might come away with something interesting.
However I can't help but think that if they have to make this film they should chose the original film view over the novel. Right now I can't see the young girl story being as attractive as a reality based, modern and hard hitting True Grit.