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The Big Lebowski spin-off sequel gets a new name and a 2020 release


Back in 2016, I shared the news (and some photos) that there was a sequel to The Big Lebowski heading our way. Back then it was called Going Places and John Turturro was back as Jesus Quintana. He was also directing.

Since then it had all been a bit quiet, but now things are moving ahead. Screen Media has announced it has picked up the North American rights to the film, which is now called The Jesus Rolls, and is planning a release in early 2020.

A trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds. When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape from the law, from society and from the hairdresser, all while the bonds of their outsider family strengthen.

Turturro had this to say about the news.

It feels like a good time to release a transgressive film about the stupidity of men who try and fail and try better to understand and penetrate the mystery of women.

I look forward to working with Screen Media and bring our work and the character of the Jesus to American audiences.

The film also stars Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, Jon Hamm, Peter Davidson and Susan Sarandon. Shooting took place in New York, and the Coen brothers are not involved with the production.

It is a remake of a 1974 French comedy called Les Valseuses. Turturro wrote the script and it carries on with his character from The Big Lebowski.

Turturro has wanted to return to the character for a long time and he has the rights or permission from the Coen Brothers to do so.

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