Coen Brothers' next movie to be about opera singer?

4 September 2013, 15:42

The Coen Brothers have hinted that their next film will focus on the life of an opera singer.

Joel Coen hinted at the direction of their next project during a taped conversation at the Film Society Lincoln Center: "We are writing something right now where the main character is an opera singer."

But he was also keen to emphasise that it was very much a work-in-progress: "You always hesitate to mention these things when you are in the middle of them, because sometimes they just go in a drawer and never surface again and then people ask 'what ever happened to that thing' for the next 20 years."

The filmmaking brothers have made films in their career that have relied on heavily on music, but they are yet to make a film completely rooted in the classical music world.

Films such as O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the forthcoming Inside Llewellyn Davies both centre on folk music, whereas The Man Who Wasn't There used a Beethoven piano sonata as one of its key soundtrack elements.

The Coen Brothers' regular soundtrack composer, Carter Burwell, has worked on all but one of their movies. He has also scored Hollywood hits like Twilight, The Blind Side and Where The Wild Things Are.