In the works for nearly ten years, the Coen Brothers are finally about to get rolling on their long-gestating project Hail, Caesar!, which was initially intended as the final leg of their "Numbskull Trilogy," with O'Brother Where Art Thou and Intolerable Cruelty, both starring George Clooney.
According to the latest reports, Universal has confirmed the movie with a February 5th, 2016 release. And this is what we're in for:
It’s about a fixer in Hollywood circa 1950s who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. Entitled Hail Caesar, the comical yarn centers on a man named Eddie Mannix who sounds a lot like the Fred Otash of his day — the famed 1950s private investigator who worked for Confidential magazine and was the muckraker of the time using wiretaps to spy on movie stars and gather dirt.
So, it's still a showbiz story, but one with a bit of a different bent. While Inside Llewyn Davis was set in the 1960s folk music scene, Hail, Caesar! will be an inside look at 1950s Golden Age Hollywood and how those studio executives kept their stars appearing clean to the public. Ethan Coen also revealed last December that:
It’s about the movie business and life and religion and faith. Faith and the movie business. It’s still George [Clooney].
Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum have all been announced for the film, and I'm finding myself strangely excited at the prospect of the bros directing C-Tates in Hail, Caesar! After his 21 Jump Street gig and his work with Steven Soderbergh, I can't wait to see what the Coens do with him...
Are you liking the sound of Hail, Caesar?