The Talent: Joel and Ethan Coen (directors); Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin.
The Pitch: A remake of Henry Hathaway’s 1969 Western, which won ‘Duke’ John Wayne his long overdue Oscar as one-eyed curmudgeon Rooster Cogburn escorting a girl across Injun territory.
The Hook: Any Coen Brothers movie gets our vote, but this one seems a cast-iron success. The rugged setting recalls No Country For Old Men, but Cogburn – the funniest character Wayne played - will allow some the Coens' trademark wit into the mix.
Defining Feature: Bridges’ reunion with the Coens. Had he not won last year, who’d bet against The Dude becoming the second Rooster to win Best Actor?