The Coen Brothers May Be Done Making Films Together, According to Longtime Collaborator

Composer Carter Burwell says the sibling filmmaking duo could "retire"

BY Allie GregoryPublished Aug 4, 2021

Joel and Ethan Coen — the legendary filmmaking sibling duo responsible for Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men and dozens more — might be finished working together after nearly four decades as collaborators.

Speaking with Score: The Podcast, the Coens' longtime composer Carter Burwell revealed that the filmmakers may be ready to retire entirely.

He said [via Los Angeles Magazine]:

Ethan seems very happy doing what he's doing, and I'm not sure what Joel will do after [his upcoming film The Tragedy of Macbeth]. They also have a ton of scripts they've written together that are sitting on various shelves. I hope maybe they get back to those. I've read some of those, and they are great. We are all at an age where we just don't know… we could all retire.

This could mean the pair will never make their follow-up to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which arrived in 2018 on Netflix.

Meanwhile, Joel's first feature without Ethan, The Tragedy of Macbeth, is due to premiere at the 2021 New York Film Festival. As for why the pair didn't work together on the film, Burwell explained, "Ethan didn't want to do it. He wants to do other things."

Hear their conversation below.

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