Coen Brothers-Scripted Gambit Trailer Starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

From the very start of their career, there haven’t been very many cases where The Coen Brothers didn’t both write and direct their own movies. There is the early Sam Raimi collaboration Crimewave, which they wrote but did not direct, and there is the somewhat middling George Clooney / Catherine Zeta-Jones comedy Intolerable Cruelty, for which they shared screenwriting credit with Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone. Now we are about to see what another Coen Brothers script looks like in the hands of a different filmmaker with the upcoming caper flick Gambit.

Gambit is a remake of the 1966 film of the same name that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Colin Firth plays an art curator who wants to get revenge on his boss (Alan Rickman) by conning him with the help of a rodeo queen (Cameron Diaz). The story seems pretty different from the original and the dialogue definitely has that unmistakable Coen Brothers wit. That being said, I feel bad for director Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) because no one will be able to stop speculating how much better it could have been with the Coens behind the camera as well. Gambit hits theatres in the U.K. on Nov. 21st while the U.S. release is still TBA; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • Deven Science

    I know of at least one other time that they did some writing for a movie they didn’t direct. Bad Santa was their idea, and they did a draft before passing it to someone else to finish, I believe.

  • I worked on this set and read the script.

    Fairly disappointed by the trailer. I think the Coen’s farcical sense of humour and the underlying drama isn’t captured here at all. Which was defiantly in that script and on that set. Instead this looked all bright and bubbly.

    Remain intrigued to see where it heads.