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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Movie News : Coen Brothers Join The Yiddish Policemen's Union -- Writing and Directing Adpatation of Chabon's Novel

The Coen Bothers -- you boys look too thin, have you eaten? Let me fix you something...

In a mitzvah likely to earn them pinched cheeks all around from book lovers, those nice young boys Ethan and Joel Coen are set to adapt Michael Chabon's acclaimed novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union for their next picture. The hard-working mensches will slot it in to follow their current project A Serious Man. Burn Before Reading, which stars George Clooney, is in post-production as well.

The brothers have earned their literary stripes with their faithful (and need I add Oscar nominated) adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men. The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a trickier job as it is a neo-noir set in a present day alternate reality wherein the Jews of Europe are given Alaska as a settlement place rather than Palestine (a scheme that was actually floated after World War II).

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