The Dude abides, but will the "Big Lebowski" character ever return to the big screen? That's been an open, if admittedly unrealistic, question for more than a decade, as the cult love for Jeff Bridges' White Russian-swilling hippie Jeffrey Lebowski shows no signs -- unlike his royal Dudeness -- of slacking off.
Sequel or spin-off talk has percolated through the blogosphere for years, largely due to the continued comments of John Turturro, who delivered an unforgettable turn as pedophile/bowler Jesus Quintana. In June, Turturro told MTV News that he has the sketch for an idea but wants the Coens to write the script, adding he hopes the project can gear up in the next five years.
Now it seems that Joel and Ethan Coen, the minds behind "Lebowski," will in fact reunite with Bridges -- not for another go with the Dude, but for a remake of the John Wayne western "True Grit." So where does that leave the possibility of more "Lebowski"? Will Turturro ever get his wish for a Jesus-centric spin-off?
In what might be their first comments on the idea, the Coen brothers revealed to MTV News that they have spoken with Turturro but that it's unlikely a movie will ever happen.
"Oh, he's serious," Ethan said while in Toronto promoting their upcoming flick, "A Serious Man." "He's onboard."
"He's very serious," Joel added.
"Yeah, it could happen," Ethan said, before admitting, "We don't see it."
"That movie has more of an enduring fascination for other people than it does for us," Joel added.
So does that mean that Turturro -- who has also worked with the Coens on films like "Barton Fink" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- won't get his wish? Will the "Lebowski"-loving public never see, say, 100 minutes of Jesus on the big screen?
"That could be a good name for the movie: '100 Minutes of Jesus,' " Joel laughed.
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