In the near-20 years since The Big Lebowski made its premiere in 1998, Joel and Ethan Coen’s film about a dude looking for his rug has become a cult classic. John Turturro has long expressed an interest in making a spinoff featuring his character, Jesus Quintana, and now Birth.Movies.Death reports that production on the movie is officially underway.
Going Places (which previously had the working title 100 Minutes with Jesus) follows a plot loosely based around the 1974 French comedy Les Valseuses (a.k.a. Going Places). Turturro and Bobby Cannavale will star as partners in crime competing to woo the same woman, Amélie (2001) star Audrey Tautou. Susan Sarandon will costar as a criminal who recently completed a long prison sentence and joins their misadventures.
The Coen brothers reportedly have zero involvement with the spinoff, and there’s a chance they never gave Turturro their stamp of approval (though they have worked together on many films over the years). Despite the possible intellectual property issues, filming has been going on in New York for a few weeks (it’s still unclear whether Jesus will be returning to his favorite bowling alley in L.A.).
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