At long last, we have an encouraging update on Going Places, the upcoming spinoff from The Big Lebowski. For those who may not be aware, John Turturro, who played Jesus Quintana in the Coen brothers' 1998 comedy classic, directed a follow-up in 2016 centered on his character. Joel and Ethan Coen aren't directly involved, but the movie is happening nonetheless. Though, we haven't heard anything about it in a very long time. Until now, that is. And everything we're hearing is encouraging and intriguing.
John Turturro based Going Places on Bertrand Blier's 1974 movie Les Valseuses. So it's an odd beast, as it's one part sequel to a cult classic, and one part remake of a foreign flick. During a recent interview, Turturro was asked about the status of the highly-anticipated project. He revealed some new key plot details, in addition to revealing that he's finally got a cut of the movie he's happy with. Here's what he had to say about it.
"It's a bit of a racy movie. It shows how stupid men are. That's what the movie is kinda about, the women are the stronger, more together characters. I had to tweak it a little bit but now I feel really good about it. It's basically an exploration of Jesus getting out of jail. It's a comedy but a very human comedy."
There's a lot to process there. We previously learned that Jesus will be just getting out of jail after being framed for being a pedophile at the start of the movie. Couple that with the "racy" nature of the movie, as well as the clear social commentary, and this could be pretty fascinating. It should be noted, as far as we know, other characters such as Jeff Bridgers' titular Lebowski won't be appearing.
Going Places centers on The Big Lebowski character Jesus Quintana. He then joins a couple of other misfits and they're irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a shocking love story. Their spontaneous nature and lax attitude continuously backfires, even as they perform good deeds. Along the way, they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser and they end up on the run. Not only from this hairdresser, but from the law and society as well. Another important note from John Turturro is that he has full support from the Coen brothers.
"They're my friends, close friends, and were supportive when I said I wanna explore this character more. They said, you gotta do it cause we're not doing it! If I have something to show, I show it to them if they're around."
For now, the movie remains without a release date. There was some talk that it was perhaps going to debut at Sundance, but that didn't come to pass. However, it seems like a late 2019 release is very possible at this point. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news was first reported by The Independent.