The Tragedy of Macbeth: why Ethan Coen didn’t direct the movie with his brother Joel?

The Tragedy of Macbeth: While Joel and Ethan Coen had so far made all their films as a duo, it is alone that the former has signed a new adaptation of Macbeth. A decision on which their official composer, Carter Burwell, returned.

During their career, the Coen brothers have directed many cult films like Fargo or The Big Lebowski. Having become an iconic duo, no one imagined that the two men could one day work separately.

And yet, it was alone that Joel Coen directed The Tragedy of Macbeth, a new adaptation of the Shakespeare classic worn by Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

Passing through Score: The PodcastCarter Burwell, who composed the music for most of the duo’s feature films, explained why Ethan Coen was not involved in the project:

(He) just didn’t want to make films anymore. Ethan seems to be very happy to do what he’s doing, and I’m not sure what Joel will do next. [Macbeth]

It would therefore not be impossible for Joel Coen to also withdraw from the industry after this film shot in black and white which will be presented to the public for the first time in September during the New York Film Festival.

Nevertheless, Carter Burwell clarified that the brothers have “a ton of screenplays they wrote together waiting on shelves”. Maybe one day they will want to explore them again.

I hope that maybe some of them will come back to them, because I have read a few of them, and they are excellent. But I do not know. We’re all at an age where we could retire, but I don’t think that’s exactly what’s going to happen. It’s a wonderfully unpredictable job“, concluded the composer.

The trailer for the duo’s latest film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs:

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