True Grit is considered a western classic, and it won John Wayne his only Academy Award. Joel and Ethan Coen made the most recent western classic, if that’s what you might call No Country for Old Men, which became their biggest Oscar-winner ever. So the Coens next move is going to be a True Grit remake. Lest you think a remake is beneath them, rest assured that it’s going to be a very different film, hewing much closer to the original novel by Charles Portis.
True Grit is the story of a 14-year-old girl (and the Coen’s version of the story will focus on her perspective) tracking her father’s killer through hostile Indian territory with the help of an old US marshal, who had better be played by Tommy Lee Jones or there is no justice. If anyone else can do justice to Rooster Cogburn’s line “Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!” it’ll be Mr. Jones.
Remind yourself why True Grit is great.