Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Joel and Ethan Coen have made it pretty clear that they have no intention of making a Big Lebowski sequel, but John Turturro is still hoping for that Big Lebowski spinoff. The actor recently reiterated his desire to make a Jesus Quintana film, although it doesn’t seem like it’s happening just yet.
He may have better luck with the Barton Fink sequel, which he also wants to do — because the Coens are actually interested in that one. Hit the jump for Turturro’s latest updates on the Big Lebowski spinoff and the Barton Fink sequel.
Turturro offered the latest on both projects while speaking with The Playlist.
You know, [the Jesus Quintana film] it’s something that I would love to do and if I’m able to do it I would talk about it, but it’s something I would love to do that’s all I can say. I don’t want to jeopardize anything. You’ll hear about it if I know. If I am going to do something like that I’ll know sooner than later.
[The Coen Brothers have] talked about [the "Barton Fink" sequel] but we’ll see. They’re waiting for me to get a little older maybe. But it’s up to them, I’d work for them anytime anywhere. That’s not just because they’re talented but they’re really … I consider them dear friends and lovely people to work with.
Although the Coens have stated that they “don’t see it in our future,” Turturro has been trying to take the Big Lebowski Jesus spinoff into his own hands. Earlier this year, we heard that he was seeking permission to make the film himself.
It’s a project Turturro has been trying to get off the ground for years already, and he’s even spoken about what the film might entail. Here’s an idea he floated in 2009.
I want to do like a sequel where Jesus gets out of jail and drives a school bus. They like that idea! Because the guys that drive school buses, they never check them out. And you can just see the Jesus [grinning, bobbing his head] drivin’ the school bus…
As for the Barton Fink sequel, the Coens have indeed said that they were waiting for Turturro to get old enough for the sequel. “He’s getting there,” said Ethan Coen. That was in 2009, so maybe all Turturro has to do on that one is wait.
At the time, the filmmakers revealed the follow-up would be titled Old Fink and be set in 1967. ”It’s the summer of love and [Fink is] teaching at Berkeley,” Joel Coen explained. “He ratted on a lot of his friends to the House Un-American Activities committee.”
While the Coens haven’t been big on sequels, they don’t seem to be entirely against them, either. They recently executive produced FX’s Fargo, inspired by their 1996 film of the same name.