Oh, thank his Dudeness! Joel and Ethan Coen have arrived to once again shoot down suggestions they are developing a Big Lebowski sequel. Now, I have absolutely no doubt that the Coen Brothers would never dream of reviving the Dude, but sometimes it's still nice to be reminded of that fact.
It seems no matter how frequently they deny it, some movie journalist will always bring up the possibility of a Big Lebowski 2. This time, while at Cannes promoting their new movie Inside Llewyn Davis, explained to The Toronto Star:
I don't think it's going to happen. I just don't like sequels.
This certainly seems true. The Coen's have never developed a sequel or spin-off for any of their movies. A few years ago there were whispers that Barton Fink might be receiving a follow-up entitled Old Fink, but since then nothing has been heard of the project.
Despite this, it seems the rumors persist. This could be because several of the lesser-Lebowski cast have expressed a desire to return to their roles. This is particularly true for , who would love to see his character of Jesus given his own spin-off movie. explained:
John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his (bowler) character Jesus. He even has the story worked out, which he's pitched to us a few times, but I can't really remember it. [...] No, I don't see it in our future.
Now, you may disagree (and y'know, that's just like, your opinion, man), but I don't think any Coen film ever really needs a sequel. Most Coen movies, especially The Big Lebowski, are brilliant stand-alone farcical tales which are perfectly told in a single movie. Besides, we all know where the Dude is now, he's probably just bowling, drinking White Russians and getting high. And, what about that amazing final monologue? That scene really tied the movie together. To continue after that would just detract from The Big Lebowski's original greatness, right? As he famously said, "The Dude abides" and that's about all we really need to know.
But hey, what do you think? Would you actually like to see the Dude and Walter return for another outing, and what about that Jesus spin-off? Give me all your opinions below.