Coen Brothers To Write Yiddish

Could it be? Is this a dream? Will the Joel and Ethan Coen adapt The Yiddish Policemen’s Union?

That’s the claim of British newspaper The Guardian. In a profile of Scott Rudin, the paper reports that Rudin “has already started working on the next Coen brothers film, an adaptation of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon.”

And, as it happens, it’s true, according to Chabon.

“[Rudin] swore me to silence, but if he’s letting the cat out of the bag, then I guess I can finally tell you,” Chabon said via e-mail.

According to Chabon, the Coen brothers have agreed to at least write the adaptation, once the writer’s strike ends. (They made the deal pre-strike.)

“I am, of course, over the moon about this,” Chabon said. “They are among my favorite living moviemakers. Three or four of their films are on my all-time favorite list. They are geniuses. What’s more, I think they are perfectly suited to this material in every way, from its genre(s) to its tone to its content. I can’t wait to see what they eventually do with it.”

The Coen brothers, of course, are the directors behind this year’s Oscar nominee No Country for Old Men. And before that, they directed the crime drama Fargo.

Rudin bought the film rights to Yiddish about five years ago based on a one-and-a-half page proposal. Rudin is no stranger to Chabon novels. He produced Wonder Boys, and also owns the rights to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

“Now we just need to get this strike settled,” Chabon said.

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