Coen Brothers Back to Film in Minnesota
According to the Pioneer Press, the Coen brothers are scheduled to shoot a movie in Minnesota, for the first time since they shot â€śFargoâ€? in 1995. â€śThe St. Louis Park natives, Joel and Ethan Coen, will film the dark comedy, "A Serious Man," next year in the Twin Cities.â€? The Coens shoot all of their movies on location, and â€śThe Serious Manâ€? is reportedly about a Jewish family in the Twin Cities in the 1960s. â€śIt's not autobiographical, but, it's certainly based on the Coen brothers' experiences here, said Bob Graf, one of the film's executive producers.â€? No cast has been announced, however local talent played into the decision to film in Minnesota, said Graf. The Minnesota Film and TV Board are â€śthrilledâ€? to have the Coen brothers back in Minnesota. â€śA Serious Manâ€? is expected to be a $15 million production, and of that, more than $6 million would be spent in Minnesota going to industry workers, hotels, restaurants, supplies, and car rentals.
According to the Star Tribune, â€śFor the first time since their Oscar-winning 1996 film â€śFargo,â€? the Coen brothers are returning to Minnesota to make a movie.â€? â€śA Serious Manâ€? set in Joel and Ethan Coenâ€™s hometown of St. Louis Park, will begin shooting in March. The dark comedy centers on "Larry Gopnik, a Jewish college professor in the Midwest during the 1960s," according to the website FilmJerk. The Coens are currently filming their next feature â€śBurn After Readingâ€? in New York. The film will â€śjumpstartâ€? Minnesotaâ€™s visibility as a film location, said Minnesota Film and TV Board director Lucinda Winter.
The two articles gave generally the same information, however, the Star Tribune gave more information regarding the movieâ€™s plot, and the Pioneer Press gave more about the Coenâ€™s extensive film experience. The Pioneer Press also has fact blocks listed at the end that make the story a little harder to read. The Star Tribune was a little more specific about filming locations, and had more about recent movies made in Minnesota.