Ethan Coen Allegedly Doesn’t Want To Make Movies Anymore

If you are a fan of the directing duo that consists of Ethan and Joel Coen (and, let’s face it, most of us are), then today’s news is more than likely going to be upsetting to you.

One of the many films that will be premiering at the forthcoming New York Film Festival in September is The Tragedy of Macbeth, starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, and directed by Joel Coen. But, as you’re probably aware, Joel usually makes movies with his brother Ethan, so… what’s the deal with this movie?

Well, according to The Playlist, in a recent interview conducted with longtime collaborator of the Coen brothers Carter Burwell, that might be the case. It seems as though in the future, audiences should expect to see only Joel’s name attached to any future projects.

“Ethan just didn’t want to make movies anymore,” Burwell told Score: The Podcast via LA MAG when asked why the two brothers didn’t work on ‘Macbeth’ together. “Ethan seems to be very happy doing what he’s doing, and I’m not sure what Joel will do after [Macbeth].”

Right now, Ethan is currently a playwright, whereas the other Coen brother seems to still want to direct movies. Keep in mind, it’s not a one-hundred-percent certainty that the directing duo are done for, but it’s definitely not a good sign.

For more updates, stay tuned to Awards Radar.


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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