Shooting down hopes of Lebowski fans everywhere, the Coen Brothers recently told Variety they’ll never make a sequel to The Big Lebowski, despite Ethan Coen‘s acknowledgment that “there’s a huge groundswell of demand for it.” Pouring salt into the wound, Ethan and brother Joel also balk at making a spin-off with John Turturro‘s popular Jesus character.
But the sequel they would make? A follow-up to Barton Fink, the one movie from their entire career that seems to have the least-likely sequel potential. “We’re going to do a Barton Fink sequel at some point,” Ethan confirms. Joel adds, “That’s the one movie that we thought deserved a sequel, called Old Fink. But we don’t want to do it until Turturro is quite old. He’s getting there.”
Now, given their dry sense of humor, the Coens could very well just be joking. But here’s to hoping they’re not.