Already riding high from an Oscar win earlier this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jeff Bridges’ stock dramatically spike again in December when both Tron Legacy (25/12) and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit (17/12) hit theaters. Call it the “geeks & geezers” double bill. The latter is, of course, a remake of the classic 1969 John Wayne vehicle, and Bridges told MTV News that he has high expectations. “I hope it’s going to be a great Western. You’ve got the Coen brothers — master filmmakers — doing a Western for the first time…to be a part of that was great.” Bridges also opened up about the possibility of a sequel to his first and still much-beloved collaboration with the Coens, The Big Lebowski.
Many of that film’s legions of super fans will doubtless be crestfallen to hear the news: “We talked about it occasionally, but no plans man, no plans,” Bridges said. “No, no, no, I don’t think it’s gonna happen.” I, for one, am heartened. I don’t think the peculiar alchemy of that film is something that can be repeated. A follow up would almost certainly compare unfavorably, and perhaps even retroactively discolor the first. Some films are meant to exist in and unto themselves. You need only watch one of the Psycho sequels to know that this is true.