Joel Coen and Ethan Coen had made it known that their next project after True Grit would be music-related, but they offered no other details. Now, an insider has come forward to reveal that the brothers are actually making a movie about the Greenwhich Village folk scene, and that it will be loosely based on singer Dave van Ronk.
Dave van Ronk is considered the patriarch of New York City's burgeoning coffee house scene in the mid-20th Century. He died in 2002, ushering and cultivating many popular acts such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are believed to be putting together a script from Dave van Ronk's memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street. It isn't clear why its not being considered a straight-up biopic at this time.
Speaking at New York's Lincoln Center earlier in the month, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen compared their new project to Margot at the Wedding, suggesting that the movie will have an almost documentary-like feel to it. Here is what they said.
"We're working on a movie now that has music in it [that's] pretty much all performed live, single instrument.
It isn't known when production on this untitled Folk project will begin, but some suspect it will happen soon.