Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, is set for release this Friday. But according to a report this week, the Coens are already looking at their next film: Something to do with ancient Rome.
The Coens revealed their plans in an interview with the Associated Press:
Right now, the brothers are plainly excited about what they’re writing, which they proudly explain, is set in ancient Rome. It’s the allure of the unexpected, all over again.
“It’s like: Would you ever do a sandal movie?” laughs Joel. “It’s big,” says Ethan, grinning. “We’re interested in the big questions. And we don’t (expletive) around with subtext. This one especially.”
Aside from their segment in “Paris, je t’aime,” the zoom-in from space that opens “Burn After Reading,” the Coens have never set one of their films outside the United States, nor have they gone further back in time than the late 19th century (2010′s “True Grit.”) And while the Coens released one movie a year from 2007 to 2010 before their recent three-year break, it’s unlikely they’d have their still-theoretical Rome film done in time for 2014, unless they’ve been filming in secret.
Stay tuned to the site on Thursday for our review of “Inside Llewyn Davis.”