The Coen Bros. have never made a sequel to any of their films, though they did just let Noah Hawley do just that with the Fargo TV series. Back in 2011, Tara Reid told some tall tale about a Big Lebowski 2 being in the works but she seems to have been either pulling our legs or as boiled as an owl. Or both.
But seemingly straight and honest is John Turturro, who has told an audience at the Taormina Film Festival that he’d like to make a new film with his Lebowski character, the infamous pederast, Jesus Quintana. The Hollywood Reporter relayed just this one part of Turtorro’s comment on their piece from the fest:
If I can get the permission I need, I’d like to return to that role.
It’s believed that Turturro would like to make the film in 2015, and presumably direct himself. At this late stage, and with even a loose shoot date in mind, it’s likely that Turturro has spoken to at least Joel and Ethan Coen about this project. Perhaps it’s not their permission he needs, but the rights holders to the film, maybe production company Working Title.
Turturro has directed several films and many of them show the influence of the Coen Bros., not least his chintzy musical, Romance & Cigarettes. I can imagine how he might approach a Quintana spin-off, and in my mind’s eye there’s a lot of purple. Or perhaps he’ll go in a completely different direction and hit us with a gruelling drama about a pederast looking for rehabilitation in the bowling alleys of Southern California.
Okay, that doesn’t seem likely. But whatever he does, I can see this project coming in for a lot of resistance. Achievers, get you Nobody Fucks With the Jesus badges at the ready.