The Big Lebowski spin-off is finally coming our way next year. It's been announced that Screen Media has picked up the rights to The Jesus Rolls, which was formerly known as Going Places. John Turturro, who played the role of Jesus Quintana in the Coen brothers cult classic, is set to reprise the part. Turturro also serves as writer and director. Turturro had this to say in a statement.
"It feels like a good time to release a transgressive film about the stupidity of men who try and fail and try better to understand and penetrate the mystery of women. I look forward to working with Screen Media and bring our work and the character of the Jesus to American audiences."
We first heard of this spin-off back in 2016. Production took place and, for a couple of years, the project just kind of sat with no word on when we could actually see it come to light. While no specific release date has been set, we now know it will bow in early 2020. The cast also includes Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) and Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live). Seth Needle, SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions at Screen Media, had this to say in a statement.
"It's an honor to be working with John Turturro again. His passion for storytelling and character building is unparalleled, so it goes without saying that people should be excited for the Jesus."
Even though The Big Lebowski creators Joel and Ethan Coen brothers aren't directly involved, they did give John Turturro their blessing to make the spin-off himself, since they had no intention of doing any sort of follow-up themselves. Robert Salerno (Nocturnal Animals), John Penotti (Crazy Rich Asians), Fernando Sulichin (At Eternity's Gate), Sidney Kimmel (The Place Beyond the Pines) and Paul-Dominique Win Vacharasinthu (The World is Yours) serve as producers. Max Arvelaiz, Lawrence Kopeikin, Michael Lewis, Bruce Toll and Robert S. Wilson are on board as executive producers.
The Jesus Rolls centers on a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic transforms into an unpredictable love story as their spontaneous and carefree attitude towards the past or future backfires repeatedly. That even proves to be true as they inadvertently do some good deeds. Things get dicey as they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser and their journey of escape, not just from the hairdresser, but also from the law and society, which only serves to strengthen their bond.
The Big Lebowski was originally released in 1998 and, though it was met with a somewhat underwhelming response at the time, it has since gone on to become one of Joel and Ethan Coen's most beloved works. With that in mind, even if Jeff Bridges won't be back as The Dude, it's pretty amazing that we're getting some sort of follow-up more than 20 years after the fact. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details regarding the release are made available by Screen Media.