Do the Coens have their eyes set on a singing cowboy?

Posted by · 3:53 pm · December 2nd, 2009

singing cowboyA few hours ago I sat down with T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham to talk about the songs from “Crazy Heart.” I’ll be cooking up that piece as the introductory installment of our Tech Support interview series with below-the-line and craft personnel tomorrow, but Burnett mentioned something that totally caught my attention about a potential Coen brothers film..

Of course, the Coens have had a number of projects stall out over the years, or more to the point, they’ve managed to leave some things on the back burner.  Everyone is still waiting for stuff like “To the White Sea” and “Hail Caesar,” after all.  But Burnett told me that it was actually the Coens who told him about Ryan Bingham, the singer/co-writer of “The Weary Kind,” who they were exposed to while filming “No Country for Old Men” in Marfa, Texas a few years back.

“One of the things they have on the horizon includes a singing cowboy and they were thinking Ryan Bingham would be good,” Burnett said.

I hate to be the guy fishing for an unrelated news story at a junket/press day dedicated to another film (so often the case), but am I alone in thinking this would rock the house?  “True Grit” is already on the way, and there was talk once upon a time that the Coens were working on a rather violent western.  Maybe this singing cowboy idea was included in that (in fact, I TOTALLY hope it was).

Anyway, I don’t want to be too speculative here.  Maybe it’s old news, but it was new news to me, and an interesting nugget that, as a fan of the western genre, I thought I’d share.

Watch for my interview with Burnett and Bingham tomorrow, and in a week or two, I’ll finally dedicate a Tech Support column to the Best Original Song contenders we’ve been collecting over the last few weeks.

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  • 1 12-02-2009 at 4:01 pm

    JAB said...

    speaking of Best original song…any chance something from New Moon makes it? I know the film is utter shit, but the soundtrack is really great, and almost all songs written for the film. Some of the songs even fit into the film well. I’m mostly thinking the song “Possibility” by Lykki Li.

  • 2 12-02-2009 at 4:11 pm

    Jeremy said...

    I was actually a bit disappointed by the soundtrack of “New Moon”, but I really like the song by Editors, “No Sound But the Wind”. With its chorus of “Help me to carry the fire”, it has a brooding, vaguely epic feel that would ironically be right at home in “The Road”. I also think the Death Cab song (“Meet Me on the Equinox”) is predictably terrific. But I doubt the Academy recognizes anything from something as pulpy as “New Moon”, even if I thought the movie was generally enjoyable in its own moronic way.

  • 3 12-02-2009 at 4:28 pm

    Me. said...

    Off Topic:
    But are you guys doing predictions for the National Board of Review? I’m predicting Clooney, Mirren, Waltz and Mo’Nique with Precious for Best Picture and Hurt Locker for Directing.

  • 4 12-02-2009 at 4:31 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 5 12-02-2009 at 4:36 pm

    Chase K. said...

    Thom Yorke’s “Hearing Damage” is brilliant – like something off of “Kid A” or “Amnesiac”.

    By the way, I hear the Coen’s are shooting outside of Austin in a little while and they held casting calls in Ft. Worth pretty recently.

  • 6 12-02-2009 at 7:06 pm

    JAB said...

    Category 82

    Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
    (Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)

    * The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Disc 1)
    Alexandre Desplat, composer
    [Concord Records]

    * Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
    Nicholas Hooper, composer
    [New Line Records]

    * Milk
    Danny Elfman, composer

    * Star Trek
    Michael Giacchino, composer
    [Varèse Sarabande]

    * Up
    Michael Giacchino, composer
    [Walt Disney Records]

    Category 83

    Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
    (A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

    * The Climb (From Hannah Montana: The Movie)
    Jessi Alexander & Jon Mabe, songwriters (Miley Cyrus)
    [Walt Disney Records; Publishers: Vistaville Music, Hopeless Rose Music, Music Of Stage Three, Mabe It Big Music.]

    * Decode (From Twilight)
    Josh Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters (Paramore)
    [Summit Ent./Chop Shop/Atlantic; Publishers: WB Music Corp/But Father, I Just Want To Sing Music/Josh’s Music/FBR Music, Meaux Hits/Hunterboro Music, Rimutaka Music.]

    * Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire)
    Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters (A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash)
    [N.E.E.T./Interscope Records; Publisher: KM Musiq.]

    * Once In A Lifetime (From Cadillac Records)
    Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Beyoncé Knowles, Scott McFarnon & Jody Street, songwriters (Beyoncé)
    [Music World Music/Columbia; Publishers: B-Day Publishing/EMI April Music, Amanda Ghost Bucks Music Group Ltd./EMI Blackwood, Red Ink Music Ltd., Ian Dench Music/Songs of Kobalt Music, Chrysalis Music.]

    * The Wrestler (From The Wrestler)
    Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
    [Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen.]


  • 7 12-02-2009 at 8:25 pm

    Maxim said...

    “and there was talk once upon a time that the Coens were working on a rather violent western. Maybe this singing cowboy idea was included in that (in fact, I TOTALLY hope it was).”

    So a violent signing cowboy film kind of like Desperado?

    Sure, I can dig that.

  • 8 12-02-2009 at 8:31 pm

    Maxim said...

    Re: Grammy Nods:

    Not bad, I guess. I think Desplat has a good chance of winning this year though I’ll be suprised if Bruce Springsteen wins for ‘The Wrestler’ over ‘Jai Ho’.

  • 9 12-02-2009 at 8:40 pm

    Maxim said...

    And speaking of interesting categories:

    Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
    (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

    Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
    Bob Dylan
    Track from: Together Through Life

    Change In The Weather
    John Fogerty
    Track from: The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
    [Verve Forecast]

    Track from: LotusFlow3r
    [NPG Records]

    Working On A Dream
    Bruce Springsteen
    Track from: Working On A Dream

    Fork In The Road
    Neil Young
    Track from: Fork In The Road

  • 10 12-02-2009 at 9:45 pm

    Danny King said...

    Been such a great year for the Original Song category. I hope this continues in the coming years. I look forward to your post on this subject.

  • 11 12-02-2009 at 11:53 pm

    Andy said...

    Just thought this was funny…isn’t Ryan Bingham also the name of George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air? Hmm….