As “Llewyn Davis’ Opens, Coens Consider Musical Comedy

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Joel and Ethan Coen

Joel and Ethan Coen

Joel and Ethan Coen’s new movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” opens in select cities today, and has received nearly universal fawning notices so far from critics (yours truly included.) 

The Coens do not have their next film in production yet, but there’s been a lot of talk about what comes next for them. There were reports last week, based on an interview they gave, that the brothers’ next project was something set in ancient Rome, but the directors have now given another interview indicating something else they’d like to do in the near future: A musical comedy, set in the world of opera.

In an interview with Vulture, the Coens were asked whether they would ever make a “full-blown musical,” the first demurred, but then said this:

“Perhaps less dancing,” grinned Ethan, before making a big reveal: “But one of the two things we’re writing right now, it’s not a musical per se …”

“… but it has what might be considered more traditional musical numbers,” said Joel.

Clarified Ethan, “It’s a musical comedy.”

Also in the interview, the Coens said they don’t want any cats in their next film, citing the difficulty of the cat-based scenes in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” So don’t hold your breath for them to direct that Andrew Lloyd Webber “Cats” movie.

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