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Old 02-17-2010, 04:24 AM   #1
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Default How do I leverage the Coen Bros. "True Grit"?

So the Coen Bros. are doing a remake of one of my favorite Westerns, True Grit, and it's scheduled for a Christmas Day 2010 release. It's going to be told from the POV of the teenage female lead as in the original novel.

http://screencrave.com/2010-01-20/co...-on-christmas/

Given their history, it's likely to cause at least a modest renewed interest in Westerns, and it's already being talked of as award-bait.

So how do I leverage this into reads for my own award-winning female-lead Western? Do I need to wait until it comes out and try to hit the 15-minute window?

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: How do I leverage the Coen Bros. "True Grit"?

I think any answer to this is at best a reasoned guess, but perhaps as early as possible because if your script is bought and made, that will take, what .... 1-3 years, pre/post production time.
If the script is known about town, they can at least go back to it, time for it to grow/repute. And wont all the other scripts hoping to catch the same trend follow the Coen's release date? A glut of derivative westerns !
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: How do I leverage the Coen Bros. "True Grit"?

what road warrior said. don't wait. if it's market-ready then put it out there. no one makes a decision on the spot. if they read it tomorrow and see true grit in december, they may give you a surprise call in february 2011.

also - if i were you i'd try to market to an actor to play your lead role. she may be an a-list with some pull or may have her own production company. look what drew barrymore did for her career? a lot of young female actors want to follow in her footsteps.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:06 AM   #4
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Wow. Another writer with a female lead western spec? I don't feel alone anymore. The thing is -- mine's not finished. I set it aside because I thought it was such a long shot. But if your script is ready -- why not query.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: How do I leverage the Coen Bros. "True Grit"?

Hey, Laura. I love to see proactive female characters of all types, so I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully people have forgotten BAD GIRLS and that flick with Sharon Stone.

By the way, has anyone whipped up an unproduced script on this female outlaw?
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:27 PM   #6
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I hate to be a downer, still wish you the best of luck, etc, etc, but have the Coen Bros. ever started a trend? Sure they get critical acclaim. Make some fine movies. Some not so fine. But isn't part of their charm that they're entirely removed from Hollywood trends and off in their own little universe?

Not that I'd mind some more westerns out there...
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:21 PM   #7
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I hate to be a downer, still wish you the best of luck, etc, etc, but have the Coen Bros. ever started a trend? Sure they get critical acclaim. Make some fine movies. Some not so fine. But isn't part of their charm that they're entirely removed from Hollywood trends and off in their own little universe?

Not that I'd mind some more westerns out there...
Yeah, their project and the OP's project pretty much exist in different dimensions.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:45 PM   #8
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There are westerns with female leads that come out from time to time... THE MISSING with C Blancett a few yrs ago... and that M Stowe script has gotten a lot of attention...

But seems these types of projects originate from people already in the industry. The Coens' project is another example of this. It's a pre-branded property & they are already established filmmakers.

A female centric western is not a good bet for a spec script. Too many strikes against it. I think the best you can hope for is that someone loves the writing and it opens doors that way.

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I hate to be a downer, still wish you the best of luck, etc, etc, but have the Coen Bros. ever started a trend? Sure they get critical acclaim. Make some fine movies. Some not so fine. But isn't part of their charm that they're entirely removed from Hollywood trends and off in their own little universe?

Not that I'd mind some more westerns out there...
Really?

You don't think the success of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN didn't positively impact the eventual sale of a project like THE LOW DWELLER and later on THE GUNSLINGER? People pitch stuff as "the next No Country" all the time.

That said, I think the OP will get further pitching the project with a great, standalone logline and should steer clear of pitching the project as the next "next" TRUE GRIT.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:58 PM   #10
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Really?

You don't think the success of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN didn't positively impact the eventual sale of a project like THE LOW DWELLER and later on THE GUNSLINGER? People pitch stuff as "the next No Country" all the time.
There's a big difference between positively impacting an few eventual sales, and starting a genuine trend. Obviously if you can compare your story to a successful, profitable, critically acclaimed movie it can't hurt. But I don't think the Coen Brothers have ever started a trend like Torture Porn or Raunchy Comedy or J-Horror or Superhero Movies.

So... even if True Grit does well, either financially or critically... I think that will be largely attributed to that Coen Brother magic. Is there anything those boys can't do? Not to the fact that it was a western with a girl. I don't think it'll set off a revival in Westerns any more than 3:10 to Yuma did.

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That said, I think the OP will get further pitching the project with a great, standalone logline and should steer clear of pitching the project as the next "next" TRUE GRIT.
I concur.
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