I've mentioned once or twice, ahem, that I love the film The Big Lebowski. One of the things about this film is that there are a lot of people who love it who want a sequel. I am not one of them. Thankfully, the Coen Brothers are in the no-sequel camp. At least for now. And I hope they stay there.
Anyway. They recently got asked again at the Cannes Film Festival whether they would do a sequel, and again shot down the idea, as well as a Jesus Quintana spin-off:
"John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his (bowler) character Jesus," Ethan Coen said.This is also a relief, and not merely because The Big Lebowski doesn't need a spin-off any more than it needs a sequel. It's a relief because the one piece of biographical information offered about Jesus Quintana in the film is that he is "a pederast" who "did six months in Chino for exposing himself to an eight-year-old." He is a loathsome character, who threatens other characters with rape, and is considered a real piece of shit for it.
"He even has the story worked out, which he's pitched to us a few times, but I can't really remember it… No, I don't see it in our future."
Joel Coen was even firmer: "I don't think it's going to happen … I just don't like sequels."
Why John Turturro would want to spin-off this jumpsuit-clad dirtbag into the star of a feature-length film is not even a question to which I want to hear the answer, frankly. I'm just glad the Coen Brothers don't share his enthusiasm for the idea.