The Yid Lebowski?
Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is set to become a movie. Written and directed by the Coen brothers.
Holy shit. That’s awesome.
Columbia Pictures has acquired screen rights to the bestselling Michael Chabon novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, with the Coens writing, directing and producing with Rudin.
Chabon sets up a contemporary scenario where Jewish settlers are about to be displaced by U.S. government’s plans to turn the frozen locale of Sitka, Alaska, over to Alaskan natives. Against this backdrop is a noir-style murder mystery in which a rogue cop investigates the killing of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy who might be the messiah.
The Coens will turn their attention to the book after they shoot A Serious Man for Working Title and Focus.
As a big fan of both the Coens’ movies and Chabon’s work, I’m pretty excited for this. No, more than pretty excited – I’m incredibly excited.
Here’s the weird thing: I made this match last night, way before I ever heard of the Chabon/Coen partnership. I’m currently in the middle of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and while reading last night I though to myself, “This is a fantastic story – I wonder how easily it could be made into a movie?”
I instantly thought of the Coen brothers. Looks like I was right.
The bigger question remains, “When will The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay movie finally show it’s face?” (The scary probable answer: “It probably won’t. Thanks, Hollywood bureaucracy!”)