In a red carpet interview with Hollywood.tv, she mentioned off-handedly that she’ll be working on a sequel to “The Big Lebowski” later this year. The revelation was greeted with much confusion by basically everyone, as fans and reporter have been asking for years while filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said, rightly I think, that there’s really nothing there.
The Coens themselves were surprised as well, with Ethan telling Austin360, “I’m glad she’s working on it. … We don’t [have a sequel in development] but we’ll watch it when it comes out.” Joel quickly added, “Especially if Tara’s in it.”
All of this talk of a “Lebowski” sequel sets the “what if” portion of my brain in motion. No matter how you slice it, I just don’t see it, even if the news were real. There are so many other Coen movies that deserve it more.
Needless to say, spoilers ahead.
Jerry (William H. Macy) escapes from jail after being driven to a state of violent insanity by the conditions there. He returns to the quiet town of Fargo with revenge on his mind, kidnapping Marge Gunderson’s (Frances McDormand) now-born child and in the process triggering a cross-country manhunt that ends in a bloody shootout and an unfortunate run-in with a familiar woodchipper.
“The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994)
The sequel possibilities should be blindingly obvious to anyone who’s seen the original movie. Norvile Barnes (Tim Robbins) finishes developing his frisbee. The government takes notice after he files for a patent and co-opts the invention as a new delivery system for the atomic bomb. World War III breaks out and the apocalypse ensues, but thankfully Norville is saved after he stows away aboard a passing Vogon ship and then later escapes with the help of his trusty towel and trustier lightsaber.
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000)
The original “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” riffed on a literary classic, Homer’s “The Odyssey.” The sequel will riff on a much more modern classic: “Timecop.” The original movie ends with a big flood and Everett (George Clooney) finally giving his ring to Penny (Holly Hunter). In the sequel, Everett discovers that Big Dan Teague is somehow walking around, alive and well, despite the fact that he was incinerated in a fire. In truth, this is a much older Dan from an alternate reality, who has traveled back in time to escape from a grim future involving steam-powered robots. Everett is also visited by his alternate future self, a temporal lawman. The time-traveling adventure that ensues is explosive, especially when the action culminates in a climactic showdown at the moment of the original Dan’s death.
“Raising Arizona” (1987)
“Raising Arizona” had such a sweet ending. The kidnappers (Nic Cage and Holly Hunter) returned the baby unharmed, the victim’s family didn’t press charges and the couple was allowed to grow old together, eventually spawning children of their own. What you don’t see after that final scene is the arrival of the previously kidnapped Arizona child, now a grown man bent on exacting revenge on his former captors. He offs Hi and Ed — did I mention that the Arizona children grew up to be a team of super-assassins? — and leaves. The eldest of Hi and Ed’s granddaughters sets out on her own mission of revenge, taking apart the Arizona clan one by one in a series of increasingly off-the-wall duels.
“True Grit” (2010)
This one is simple enough. Picture “The Vagina Monologues,” only replace the talking lady with a grizzled, alcoholic cowboy who smokes and cusses for two solid hours. That cowboy being Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) of course.
So, maybe the Coen Brothers’ work isn’t so conducive to sequels. Can you think of one of their films that you’d like to see a sequel to? Tell us in the comments section and on Twitter!