Actor, writer and director John Turturro has not been shy about his driving desire to bring his The Big Lebowski (1998) character Jesus Quintana back to screens in some fashion. It looks like he is finally doing it, with news arriving via Birth.Movies.Death that his latest project, called Going Places, is actually that very spin-off.
The new film, which apparently also features Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Audrey Tautou (Amélie) and Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise), was pitched as ostensibly as a remake of 1974 French comedy Les Valseuses. It starred Gerard Depardieu in the story of two aimless thieves who are known for stealing, fighting or charming people, and who somehow rope a woman into their criminal behaviour, competing to win her affection. It may in fact still be that, just with added Jesus. Turturro and Cannavale are reportedly the thieves, with Tautou as their accomplice and Sarandon as a recently released prisoner who also joins them on the road.
Turturro has been shooting the film for a couple of weeks in New York, working from his script, but there has been no official confirmation on the details, so while this is an interesting development, we should still treat this as rumour for now.
And don't expect the Coen brothers to be directly involved – despite their friend's enthusiasm, they have never jumped at the idea. "He talks incessantly about it," Ethan Coen said in 2013. "He even has the story worked out, which he's pitched to us a few times, but I can't really remember it. I don't see it in our future."
Going Places – assuming it keeps that title – has yet to lock in a distributor, but who wouldn't want to be the company that helps bring back The Jesus? As always, watch this space.