If you thought the Coen Brothers were done with westerns following the terrific No Country for Old Men (which was more of a modern western then a classic western), think again: The boys are apparently gearing up to give us the mother of all Spaghetti Westerns. According to CinemaBlend, Joel Coen was recently quoted as saying, "We've written a western with a lot of violence in it. There's scalping and hanging ... it's good. Indians torturing people with ants, cutting their eyelids off. It's a proper western, a real western, set in the 1870s. It's got a scene that no one will ever forget because of one particular chicken." I don't know about you, but all I needed to hear was "Indians torturing people with ants" and I was immediately sold.
Now don't go licking your lips in anticipation just yet; the brothers still have a few other films to sort through. Next up for them will be Burn After Reading, which appears to be a lighter caper comedy starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand. From there, it's a little sketchy: IMDB has them in pre-production on Hail Caesar (with a description that goes "A 1920's theater troupe stages a production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"), while both guys are also attached to write (but not yet direct) a film called Gambit that has Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley attached, with Lisa Bonet (of all people) in negotiations. So hopefully they'll toss one of these aside in order to give us some much-needed 1870s ant torture ... because I've been craving it for some time.