Monday, 26 May 2014

The Coen brothers say Hail, Caesar!

Having scored one of their biggest critical hits last year with Inside Llewyn Davis, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are sticking in a period milieu for their next project. According to Deadline, the brothers are setting up Hail, Caesar!, which, despite the title, will not be set in Roman times.

Instead, it will chronicle the behind the scenes wrangling of Eddie Mannix, a fixer in the employ of major Hollywood studios who works to protect the reputations of their stars in the 1950s. It's a comedy apparently based on the work of real life private eye Fred Otash, a lifeguard turned cop who was fired from the force and turned to a life of wiretapping and investigation for the big film companies of the time.

It was his responsibility to control and manage the images of the stars, making sure that embarrassing scandals were quietly covered up and problems were dealt with by any means necessary. The behaviour has continued up until recently, when the Anthony Pellicano case put a damper on the use of private investigators. At least, that's the official story..

There's no word as yet on a cast or a schedule for the new Coens pic, but we're certainly ready for whatever they have up their sleeves.

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